We regularly carry stories about fines for landlords and letting agents who have apparently broken council or national laws – but we cannot remember an individual having a confiscation order of very nearly £450,000, which may be a record sum.

This is what’s happened in Southall, west London, where a landlord has been slapped with an enormous fine for repeatedly ignoring council orders to stop letting so-called ‘beds in sheds’ at one of her rental properties.


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