Laura Sharman 30 July 2019

Council tenant fined £100,000 for illegal sublet

Council tenant fined £100,000 for illegal sublet image

A council tenant has been fined £100,000 and evicted from his property by Westminster City Council after he illegally sublet his flat through Airbnb.

The council took legal action against Toby Harman after discovering more than 300 reviews on the booking website.

A judge has now fined the man £100,974 – one of the highest that has ever been awarded to the council – and he has also been evicted from the property.

Cllr Andrew Smith, the council’s cabinet member for housing services, said: ‘Social housing is there to provide much-needed homes for our residents, not to generate illicit profits for dishonest tenants. It’s illegal for council tenants to sublet their homes and we carry out tenancy checks, as well as monitoring short-term letting websites for any potential illegal sublets.

’Along with a six-figure unlawful profit order by getting a possession order, we can now reallocate the property to someone in genuine need of a home.'

The council is calling on the Government to introduce a national registration scheme for property owners to make it easier for local authorities to take legal action against those breaking the law.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Apprentice Stonemason

City of York Council
£12.656 per annum
Do you want to pursue a career in Stonemasonry and work on York’s City walls a nationally-important monument? York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Apprentice Project Support Assistant

City of York Council
£12,656.10
Looking for a new challenge or your first steps along your career?  Your next adventure starts here!  York, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: City of York Council

Executive Support Officer

City of York Council
https
City of York Council
Recuriter: City of York Council

Development and Flood Risk Officer

Essex County Council
Up to £141.50 per day + PAYE
Development and Flood Risk Officer Temporary, Full Time £141.50 per day PAYE Location
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Cleaning Assistant

Chelmsford City Council
Grade 2 - £17,715 per annum
Riverside Leisure Centre is Chelmsford City Council’s flagship leisure facility, offering a variety of sporting activities where there is something... Chelmsford, Essex
Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue