Caught on camera: Council allows TV to film raid on unlicensed HMO

A London council has agreed to a TV crew taking part in a raid on an overcrowded and unlicensed HMO.

The surprise visit by council officers was captured on camera by a crew filming for the Channel 5 series Bad Tenants, Rogue Landlords.

Police and Brent council officers entered a two bedroom flat above a shop during a dawn raid and uncovered 16 people crammed inside.

Mattresses, bunkbeds and sofa beds had been packed together in the two bedrooms and living room space within the poorly ventilated flat. Fire escapes had been blocked while a smoke alarm was found hanging off the ceiling.

A spokeswoman for the council says: “This televised raid has enabled people to see the shocking conditions that the tenants were paying to live in. It is totally unacceptable for tenants in Brent to be exploited in this way. Every renter has the right to a decent standard of living.”

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