A HAYES landlord has been ordered to pay more than £430,000 after turning her property into an illegal House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). 

The case was a joint action by Hillingdon Council’s planning enforcement and trading standards teams.

Gurdeep Kaur, 47, of Cavendish Close, Hayes, was ordered to pay more than £406,000 following confiscation action under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

It was taken to remove Kaur’s gains from rent, calculated at more than £406,000.

Kaur had unlawfully converted her house in First Avenue, Hayes, from a single-family home into an HMO without having the necessary planning permission.

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Kaur rented rooms and outbuilding to 15 tenants.

The case was referred to the Crown Court by Uxbridge magistrates as Kaur was found to have profited from a criminal lifestyle.

Kaur was also fined £20,000 for the planning offence and the council was awarded £4,019.46 in prosecution costs.

She has three months to pay or face a prison sentence of five years, and she would still have to pay the money back.

Cllr Keith Burrows, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This is the highest amount the council has ever secured using proceeds of crime laws.”