News, Culture & Society

Businessman LAUGHS as he sees photos of his squalid three-bed house let to 20 builders

This is the wealthy businessman ‘slum landlord’ who owns the ‘filthy’ three-bedroom house let to around 20 Romanian builders, MailOnline can reveal.

Patanchaly Ananda-Mohanadas is the owner of the ‘disgusting’ property in Kingsbury, north London, which generated £1,000-a-week in rental income before it was raided by police yesterday morning. 

Mr Mohanadas told MailOnline he had ‘no knowledge’ of the raid by police, saying: ‘This is the first that I’ve heard of this. I was there at 10am yesterday.’

Mr Mohanadas, a father-of-three, laughed as he viewed pictures of the squalid conditions inside the rental property.

Patanchaly Ananda-Mohanadas (pictured) is the wealthy businessman ‘slum landlord’ who owns the ‘filthy’ three-bedroom house let to around 20 Romanian builders

Police raided the property yesterday and struggled to gain access because mattresses were jammed against doors. Brent Council said the conditions were among the worst they had seen 

Police raided the property yesterday and struggled to gain access because mattresses were jammed against doors. Brent Council said the conditions were among the worst they had seen 

Officers found mattresses in every room besides the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen (pictured) had bits of food strewn across work surfaces and dirty crockery on sideboards

Officers found mattresses in every room besides the kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen (pictured) had bits of food strewn across work surfaces and dirty crockery on sideboards

Washing was hung from a makeshift line in the front room where many of the builders stayed each paying £30 to £50 a week for the priviledge 

Washing was hung from a makeshift line in the front room where many of the builders stayed each paying £30 to £50 a week for the priviledge 

When asked how he would feel if his own children were housed in such appalling conditions, he again added: ‘I feel like you’re trying to kill me. I’ve got my rights and I ask that you respect my freedom and my civilisation.’  

Mr Mohanadas lives in a £500,000 modern home in a quiet cul-de-sac in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, with an extension and private garden to the rear and an immaculate white Toyota Rav 4 parked in the driveway in front of the property. 

Police raided the rental house in north London and found tenants people living in appalling conditions. They found rotting food strewn across the kitchen floor and work surfaces, dirty bathrooms and struggled to gain entry to some rooms because mattresses were jammed against doors.

Brent council described it as one of the ‘one of the worst’ illegally-let properties they had ever seen. 

Neighbours there said they had complained to the council for six months before police finally took action against the tenants, who were each paying between £30 to £50-a-week to live there. 

This is the scene inside an overcrowded house in Brent, north west London where a rogue landlord was renting out his three-bedroom house to 20 men at a cost of £1,000 a week

This is the scene inside an overcrowded house in Brent, north west London where a rogue landlord was renting out his three-bedroom house to 20 men at a cost of £1,000 a week

A ladder was fitted into the loft so additional to make extra room for tenants to sleep in there

A ladder was fitted into the loft so additional to make extra room for tenants to sleep in there

Mr Mohanadas - who said he had no knowledge of the police raid yesertday morning - laughed as he viewed pictures of the squalid conditions inside his rental property

Mr Mohanadas – who said he had no knowledge of the police raid yesertday morning – laughed as he viewed pictures of the squalid conditions inside his rental property

When asked if he would like his children to sleep in such appalling conditions, Mr Mohanadas said: 'I’ve got my rights and I ask that you respect my freedom and my civilisation'

When asked if he would like his children to sleep in such appalling conditions, Mr Mohanadas said: ‘I’ve got my rights and I ask that you respect my freedom and my civilisation’

The bathroom, pictured,  was one of the only rooms not to have a bed installed 

The bathroom, pictured,  was one of the only rooms not to have a bed installed 

Karson Mepani, who runs a local newsagents, complained that he and wife Manbai endured months of loud music late at night, rows between tenants and food waste  thrown over their garden fence.

Mr Mepani said: ‘The other neighbour has complained to the letting agents and the council for several months now. We’ve complained to the local council, Brent Borough Council.

‘I can’t believe that it’s taken this long for them to finally do something about this.’ 

His wife said: ‘There are about 20 young Romanian men living there. They work as builders because they’re picked up in work vans early every morning. We rarely see them.

‘They play loud music through the night, particularly during a Saturday night.

‘We know that there are loads of them living there because we hear them having really loud rows.

‘They sometimes throw food waste over our back garden fence and hang clothes on it like it’s a washing line.’

Mr Mepani continued: ‘I understand that finding adequate housing is a problem around here. But my family are working around the clock to pay our bills and do everything by the book. I can’t imagine that they can say the same.’

One of the tenants, who had previously refused to answer the door of the three bed semi-detached house, finally emerged to leave the address this morning.

David Dragan, 34, a Romanian builder said he pays £80-a-week to live in the house, but has no contact with the landlord because he sublets from another tenant.

‘I moved in a month ago. I sublet from another tenant,’ he said. ‘I’ve been in the UK since 2010, so I’m kind of a British citizen.

‘The police came inside our house yesterday. I don’t care about the conditions there myself. I’ll move out after all that’s happened. I don’t want to say any more.’

The house's bathroom was covered in discarded clothes and rubbish 

The house’s bathroom was covered in discarded clothes and rubbish 

Some of the mattresses were crammed into corners of rooms without any sheets or blankets

Some of the mattresses were crammed into corners of rooms without any sheets or blankets

Brent Council officials conducted a dawn raid on the property early this morning 

Brent Council officials conducted a dawn raid on the property early this morning 

A spokeswoman for Brent Council said it was ‘one of the worst’ illegal HMOs it has uncovered.

She said: ‘Aside from seeing rodents or cockroaches it is one of the worst we have seen.

‘The loft was just appalling – really awful conditions.’

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: ‘We have a zero tolerance policy against landlords who exploit tenants by housing them in slum-like conditions.

 ‘No tenant in Brent should believe that they are powerless against a landlord who takes their money in exchange for squalor.

‘We are here to help tenants fight back against rogue landlords by taking them to court.’

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk