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May 2019

Two confiscation orders totalling over £189,000 obtained

Trading Standards financial investigations of two landlords who had pleaded guilty to breaches of planning legislation resulted in proceeds of crime confiscation orders of £171,677.47 and £18,000 being issued at the Inner London Crown Court.

The larger order related to the criminal benefit received from renting out seven undersized flats at a once modest family home in Brabourn Grove, SE15 despite a planning enforcement notice in effect because it had been converted and extended without planning permission. If the order is not paid within three months a default prison sentence of two years will be imposed. The landlord was also fined £4,000 and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £4,491 in respect of the planning breach.

The £18,000 confiscation order was granted in respect of another unauthorised conversion above a former pub in Wyndham Road, SE5 where six rental flats had been put in without planning permission. The landlord must pay the order within six weeks or face a 12 month prison sentence. He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £3,155 for a breach of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Letting agents advised on new rules

Over 250 letting agents across the borough were advised about the new rules banning tenants fees that takes effect from 1 June 2019. 

Cosmetics seized

Following complaints about street sales of perfume in Rye Lane an enforcement operation was conducted with Police assistance from the Council’s Joint Enforcement Team. Some 30 bottles of perfumes and aftershaves believed to be counterfeit were seized from a pair of unlicensed street traders. The haul included products bearing the names Dior, Chanel and Paco Rabanne products.

An inspection was also carried out at a cosmetics store in the SE1 area following adverse sampling results which showed that some products contained the banned bleaching agent hydroquinone. 275 products were seized at the premises and further investigations are now underway.

Over 18s only rules checked at sunbed premises

Six sunbed tanning premises were visited as part of an operation to check compliance with the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010. This places a duty on sunbed operators to prevent anyone under 18 being able to access them. 17 year old volunteer test purchasers assisted with the operation. Further test purchasing is being planned along with follow up enquiries as a result of concerns at three premises.

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