Published 11 July 2012
A Southall man will have to pay out more than £4,000 after converting a house into three flats without planning permission.
Balwinder Singh Kahlon, of East Avenue, Southall, appeared before Ealing Magistrates Court on Friday, 22 June where he pleaded guilty to breaching a planning enforcement notice.
Ealing Councils planning enforcement team started investigating the East Avenue property after receiving an anonymous tip-off that the owner and landlord, Kahlon, had converted the house into three self-contained flats without planning permission.
Officers issued him with a notice under the Town and Country Planning Act (1990) requiring him to stop using the property as three separate flats and return it to one house by August 2010. The council launched legal action after further site visits showed he had not even attempted to start work to comply with the notice.
Magistrates fined him £2,800 and ordered him to pay the councils £1,597.97 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge a total of £4,412.97. A collection order was put in place requiring Kahlon to pay the money at a rate of £250 a month and he will also have to meet the cost of returning the flats to a single house.
Council Leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: I hope this fine sends a clear message to greedy landlords that we will take action if they flout planning regulations. I would urge anyone who suspects someone of carrying out major work without planning permission to get in touch with the council.
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