Westminster Conservatives act to prevent rogue landlord from ruining tenants' lives

A rogue landlord has been banned from managing property in Westminster after being convicted of breaching the Housing Act at a rental flat in Bayswater.

The flat, in Gloucester Terrace, was found by Westminster Council inspectors to have flaws including no mains-connected fire alarm, a lack of fire-proofing in the lobby, an outdated fuse box and no fixed heating.
Under the new Criminal Behavior Order the landlord is prohibited from managing any property in Westminster or Haringery - where she also owns property – for a decade.

​Councillor Antonia Cox, Hyde Park Ward Councillor and Westminster’s Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Licensing, said: “This sends a clear message to all landlords that they have responsibilities to their tenants and that bad practice will not be tolerated in Westminster.”

The restrictions imposed on Ms Goremsandu are the first time a Criminal Behaviour Order has been issued against a housing offender in London, and only the second such case in Britain, since legislation allowing their use was passed in 2014. She was also fined £3,500 and told to pay £7,645 costs after her conviction.