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How Many People Can a Slum Landlord Fit into a Three-Bed House?

Black and white crowd of people with blog heading: How many people can a slum landlord fit into a three bed house.

Following a string of complaints about excessive noise and questionable hygiene, housing inspectors in Harrow swooped down to check up on a modest three-bedroom house. It was known to be let to tenants, but instead of a family, the inspectors found 30 people living there.

The incredible scene when housing inspectors stumbled on people sleeping on mattresses inside the property and in the garden was captured on camera for Channel 5’s show, Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords. The program makers are used to seeing all manner of horrific tenant/landlord scenarios, but even they were shocked by the atrocious living conditions.

Piles of Mattresses in Every Room

There were piles of mattresses in every room and a resident told the team that 15 people were living there. However, during the filming, a truck pulled up and dumped more mattresses at the house. It turned out that there were a lot more people out in the garden, sleeping on the bare ground while they waited for more mattresses to arrive.

“It’s the classic case, mattresses on top of each other, so they line them up, that’s how they fit so many people in,” says Ozge Albayrak.

Housing officer Albayrak contacts the agent responsible for the property as soon as she realises the scale of the issue. The agent jumps into action and within three months the extra tenants have been evicted and a single family is living in the property, much to the relief of neighbours. However, it isn’t long before more people begin moving back into the house, triggering further complaints.

Managing Agent Faces Prosecution

Albayrak tells the program makers that the managing agent will be prosecuted for their part in the debacle.

Sadly, this is not an isolated case. We have reported on many eye-opening stories of rogue landlords cramming too many people into small houses. You can read about them here:

Manchester Rogue Landlord Exposed by off Duty Officer

Leeds Landlord Prosecuted for Overcrowding

Guess what Happens when you House 6 Families in 3 Bedrooms

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The government estimates that there are more than 100,000 rogue landlords operating in the UK, capitalising on demand for cheap rental accommodation and lining their pockets on the misery of vulnerable people.

Reporting Slum Landlords

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Hardworking housing inspectors reply on the general public to inform them when landlords are not playing by the rules. So, if you know of a rental property in your area that appears to be overcrowded, ring your local housing department and suggest they drop by.

As housing officer Albayrak says, it is an “unacceptable way for people to live”.

Tell us about your slum landlord horror stories in the comments or via our social media channels. We’d love to hear from you!

Kat Black

Kat Black

Kat oversees marketing for Landlord Vision and so she curates, writes and edits posts for the blog, she has a wealth of experience in business and project management. Kat has plenty of hands on property experience too, she has worked in property insurance for 8 years and has helped her parents to grow a profitable portfolio.