A landlord who housed a tenant in an ‘uninhabitable’ shed has been ordered to pay £5,000.

Sanjiv Shah, of Rowantree Road, Enfield, housed tenants in a garden shed in Nags Head Road - despite an order from Enfield Council banning him from leasing it out.

Shah was given a Prohibition Order on September 19 after inspections found the shed in use despite being dangerous.

It was found to not have an independent electricity supply - later discovered by neighbours receiving inflated bills - and no insulation or means to keep the tenant warm.

In a statement a council spokesperson said: "Inspections by Enfield Council officers highlighted hazards that left the building cold and uninhabitable.

"Some hazards were assessed as posing a serious threat to the health or safety of people living or visiting the accommodation."

Further visits in April and September 2017 by council officers confirmed the building was still being rented, despite the order.

He pleaded guilty on May 10, 2018, to failing to comply with the order issued by the council.

At his sentencing on June 7 at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, Shah was ordered to pay a fine of £2,600, costs of £2,441.35 and a victim surcharge of £170.

Enfield Council’s leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: “Housing and making sure residents in Enfield have decent homes to live in is one of my top priorities for the Council.

“There is no excuse for renting out property that does not meet the basic housing requirements.

“Enfield Council will come down hard on unscrupulous landlords not meeting their responsibilities and who think they are above the law.

“We will continue to strive to eliminate unacceptable housing in our borough – such as the so-called beds in shed.

“We will safeguard those in our society who may be vulnerable and easy targets for rogue landlords.”