Dagenham raid finds 55 people living in three properties
On Friday council and police officers raided addresses on Manor Road, Japan Road and Forkdyke Road in Dagenham and found that 55 people were living in just these three properties.
The raid was run by Barking and Dagenham Councils Private Landlord Team, who run one of two such schemes in th country as part of s part of the borough’s clampdown on rogue landlords.
In the Forkdyke Road property, officers found 22 people incuding four children living in an illegally converted house with four bedrooms.
In Manor Road, officers found 18 people living in cramped and dangerous conditions including two children in six bedrooms; the house was originally designed to hold three.
Five children were among the 15 occupants found in the Japan Road property, living in five rooms in what should also be a three bedroom house.
Laila Butt, cabinet member for crime and enforcement said: “It’s unacceptable to have these almost Dickensian conditions in a world class city such as London. The vast majority of landlords are socially responsible and they have nothing to fear from our inspections. But those criminal landlords who are making a mint out of other people’s misery and London’s ridiculous rental market, are not welcome here and should clear out of Barking and Dagenham or face the consequences.”
In all three properties there were health and safety hazards, including illegal wiring and no fire precautions.
Officers are continuing their investigations with a view to prosecute the landlords while the cases have been referred to social services.