29 Nov 2019
Gurdeep Kaur crammed 15 tenants into a small three-bed home.
A landlord from Hayes who pocketed more than £400,000 after illegally turning her home into a home of multiple occupation (HMO) must pay the money back or face jail.
Gurdeep Kaur turned a small semi-detached three-bed family home in First Avenue into a house of multiple occupancy without permission from the council.
The 47-year-old then rented it out to around 15 people, who were crammed into all the rooms and some outbuildings in the garden.
She was caught out in May 2017 after a joint investigation by the Home Office’s immigration team and the council’s planning enforcement officers.
An investigation found the enterprise earned Kaur around £406,000, and that she continued to run the HMO despite being ordered by Hilllingdon Council to change the property back into a family home.
Kaur, of Cavendish Close in Hayes, was convicted of an offence under the Town and County Planning Act at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on June 20, 2018 but due to the vast sums she earned, her case was also referred to Crown Court.
There she was found to have profited from a criminal lifestyle and ordered to pay £406,712, as well as being fined £20,000 for the planning offence, under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
The Council was also awarded £4,019.46 in prosecution costs.
Kaur now has three months to pay the sum, which is more than £430,000, or face a five-year prison sentence as well as having to pay the money back.
Councillor Keith Burrows, Hillingdon Council cabinet member for planning, transportation and recycling, said: “This is the highest amount the council has ever secured using proceeds of crime laws.
“Gurdeep Kaur blatantly flouted the law and for that she must pay a hefty sum. Let this be a warning that we will take robust enforcement action to stamp out illegal activity.”