Illegal Camden subletter could be made to repay £19,000 made from crime
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A woman who illegally sublet her Holborn council flat will have to do 200 hours of community service, and could be made to repay the £19,000 she made from the crime.
Suzie Balili Litanda, from Cherry Court in Gospel Oak pleaded guilty at Highbury Magistrates Court on October 5.
The court heard the 26-year-old had twice sublet a studio flat that she was renting from Camden Council.
She had been leasing the flat in Langdon House on Leather Lane to private tenants between December 2013, and February 2016 and on a separate occasion between July and September 2016.
Leather Lane is home to one of Camden’s markets
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She had been charging the tenants up to £850 a month in rent while she was living with her mother in a four-bedroom council house.
Camden Council had been charging nearly £400 a month for the studio flat.
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The tenant who had sub-let the property from Litanda is still living at the address, with the council awaiting an eviction date.
Magistrate Mr Rod Barr, presiding over the case, sentenced Litanda to 200 hours of community service, and to pay £600 costs.
As the prosecuting authority, Camden Council is currently issuing civil proceedings to recover the £19,000 profit she made.
Councillor Meric Apak, Cabinet member for Better Homes said: “At a time of widespread calls for a national council house building programme, as many families struggle to find or afford suitable homes, it is both illegal and inexcusable for people to be profiting from subletting council homes that could be used by a family in need.