Homeowner fined for illegally knocking down his £800,000 home without telling the council
Mohammed Ali Khan demolished his three-bed semi-detached property in west London.
A homeowner has been fined more than £6,000 for illegally knocking down his £800,000 house in west London without telling the council.
Mohammed Ali Khan, 45, got a contractor to demolish the three-bed semi-detached property in Hounslow, west London, without permission last January, Hounslow Council said.
The building control service team investigated after worried neighbours contacted them over safety concerns when Khan started tearing down the building in Grove Road, Isleworth.
He appeared before magistrates in October where he denied two charges of breaching the Building Act 1984.
But at Uxbridge Magistrates Court on 3 February, Khan was found guilty and ordered to pay a fine of £6,043.34.
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The council said that despite the prosecution, there is still a "dangerous structure notice" in place and this will stay until the remaining front facade is removed or the house is re-built.
Councillor Tom Bruce, cabinet member for regeneration and development at Hounslow Council, called Khan "flagrant and reckless" for carrying out the illegal work.
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He said: “I hope this prosecution and hefty fine sends a strong signal that we take these types of crime - which blight our neighbourhoods and threaten the safety of residents – very seriously and are fully prepared to pursue them.
“Flagrant and reckless breaches of planning rules and building regulations are not acceptable in our borough.
“This serves as a reminder to every resident that the correct procedures must be followed when undertaking construction on your property or hiring contractors.”