Illegal sub-letting of privately rented property.
Person/persons believed to be illegally sub-letting a privately rented house traced to property owned by Gateway Housing Association.
I rented my house in forest Gate to a man called Rafiqul Islam. I discovered he was illegally subletting my house. When I tried to evict him, he refused to leave and stopped paying the rent. I recently regained possession of my house, it was in an awful state. Mr. Islam owes me 13 months rent. I used a tracing agency to find Mr. Islam and they told me letters from my house had been redirected to *******(address omitted), which is owned by Gateway Housing. I contacted them about this, but they don’t seem interested.
Sub-letting costs private landlord in excess of £ 20,000
Comment posted on Tenants TV by Mr Fergus Dodd – 12 November 2016
Yes, I am a private Landlord. I rented my house in Forest Gate to a man called Rafiqul islam. I liked him and trusted him, so I charged him below market rent and I did not charge him a deposit. I later discovered he was illegally subletting the house. I tried to reason with him and when that did not work, I had to evict him, I had no choice. He refused to leave and stopped paying the rent. The case dragged on in Bow County Court for several months. Mr. Islam told me he had returned to his native Bangladesh in March, but he had left other people in the house. They claimed they were tenants of Mr. Islam, but they had no written contract and said they paid their rent in cash. I called the police, but was told it was a civil matter and they could do nothing. I only regained possession of my house recently. Mr. Islam has cost me over £20000 in unpaid rent, legal fees and repairs to my house. I am sorry to say this to you, but I have had to become a less generous Landlord. I now charge market rents and a deposit. I had awful experience as a tenant in the past and I feel sorry for young renters today, but I have to protect myself.