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Landlord Fined For Renting Out Room You Had To Crawl Into

Friday 22nd August 2014

A landlord has been fined for renting out a loft-room, which tenants had to crawl on all fours up a flight of stairs to get into.

The entrance to the room. Picture: Barnet Council

The height along the staircase was between 0.7 and 1.2m and the door into the room was also smaller than normal.

Barnet's Environmental Health team found that it would be impossible for an adult to reach the room while standing up and raised safety concerns of how they would escape in the event of a fire.

Landlord Yaakov Marom was first issued a Prohibition Order in February 2012, preventing him from renting out the second floor room of a house he managed in Sunningfields Road, Hendon.

Last September council and police officers visited the house again and found the room was still being rented out, to a couple who were paying 420 a month.

This month Marom, also of Sunningfields Road, Hendon, pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an order served by the council prohibiting occupation of the loft room.
He was ordered to pay a 1,500 fine, 1,420 in costs and a victim surcharge of 120.
Last year, Barnet Council investigated over 970 reports of poor conditions in the borough.

Councillor Tom Davey, Chairman of the Housing Committee, said: "At the very least tenants have the right to expect that the accommodation they are renting is safe.
"Barnet Council is keen to work with landlords and help them to provide safe accommodation.
"However, those who exploit tenants for financial gain will not be tolerated and the appropriate action will be taken."