Rogue landlord fined £235,000 for renting out filthy Barking flats likened to 'Rio slums'

Sean Morrison
A rogue landlord was fined £235,000 for renting 'filthy' flats in Barking: Barking and Dagenham Council

A rogue landlord who rented “filthy” illegal east London bedsits likened to Rio slums has been ordered to pay out nearly £250,000 .

Zoofshan Malik was ordered to pay a massive £235,000 after pleading guilty to renting the illegal extension on one of her homes.

She rented the Barking flats at a rate of £2,850 per month.

Malik was handed the huge fine after her case was brought before Snaresbrook Crown Court by Barking and Dagenham Council last Wednesday.

The flats were compared to Rio slums

Barking and Dagenham council officers raided the property after they received an anonymous allegation about the 37ft extension.

They discovered the four flats in “filthy conditions”, which Ms Malik rented out through her company Emerson Knight Estates Ltd.

Councillor Laila Butt, the local authority’s cabinet member for community safety and enforcement, compared them to Rio favelas.

Malik was fined hundreds of thousands of pounds for illegally renting the rooms

She said: “This illegal extension and filthy flats would not have looked out of place in a Rio slum.

“Through our tough enforcement action they have been demolished so no one else has to suffer such bad living conditions.

“What makes matters worse is her connection to the estate agency - she knew the law and was intentionally exploiting people who find it hard enough to find property to rent at affordable prices.”

The 47-year-old, of Upney Lane, Barking, was ordered to pay a £222,000 Confiscation Order in three months or face two years imprisonment.

Malik was also fined £2,000 for the illegal extension with three months to pay or face 30 days in jail and ordered Malik to pay £11,649 in costs.

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