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Bed in shed landlord loses planning appeal

Bed in shed landlord loses planning appeal

A London landlord has failed in his appeal to allow him to use a garden outbuilding as rented accommodation.

Muhammad Afzal Khan, of Leytonstone, appealed after being refused retrospective planning permission last November.

Waltham Forest Council’s planning enforcement team had discovered the unauthorised use of the building and served him with an enforcement notice the previous month.

The planning inspector turned down his appeal, saying that the outbuilding “would constitute a substandard form of accommodation for existing and future occupants”.

Clyde Loakes, deputy leader of Waltham Forest Council, said: “Outbuildings like this are not designed for people to sleep in and often present a danger to them and are detrimental to neighbours.

“Frankly, this practice smacks of landlords looking to maximise the amount of money they can make by packing as many tenants into a property as is possible, even if they ultimately end up housing them in what are glorified sheds.”