Home Barking, Dagenham, & Surrounding Areas Rogue landlord Gbadegesin must pay back £26k of illicit earnings connected to ‘disgusting living conditions’

Rogue landlord Gbadegesin must pay back £26k of illicit earnings connected to ‘disgusting living conditions’

Kehinde Gbadegesin

Kehinde Wilson Gbadegesin, an unlicensed landlord of Shooters Hill Road, Blackheath, SE3, must repay nearly £15,000 in rent to tenants who were forced to live in “dangerous and disgusting conditions.” When council inspectors visited a privately owned two-bed apartment in Butteridges Close, Dagenham, they discovered a “catalogue of problems.”

Kehinde Gbadegesin was already issued with an order to pay back £11,000 in February.

Damp and mold were discovered throughout the property, as well as one working heater. It also had no working smoke alarms, all of the kitchen cabinets were shattered, the oven plug had been fastened with duct tape, an exposed light in the bathroom, and a significant bed bug infestation.

A judge ordered Gbadegesin to pay back rent totaling £14,400 at an online tribunal held on Friday (August 4), at which Barking and Dagenham Council acted on behalf of the tenants to issue the rent repayment order under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. In addition, he must pay £300 to cover the costs of his tenant’s application and the hearing fee.

Councillor Syed Ghani, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: “No one should be left to live in dangerous and disgusting conditions such as those faced by these tenants, so I am pleased to hear this rogue landlord will be made to pay back every penny he unscrupulously took from them.

“Our private rented property licensing scheme is there to improve standards for all, and I hope this sends a strong message that we will continue to take action against the small minority who think they can flout the rules and do as they please.”

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