Landlord ordered to pay back more than £1m after illegal conversion of flats
Southwark Council has won one of London’s largest proceeds of crime (confiscation order) claims from an unscrupulous landlord who chopped three flats in London Bridge into around 20 cramped studios and bedsits – putting profits before the quality of life.
Landlord Andre Trepel was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £35,000 costs at the Inner London Crown Court on 17 April for breaching a planning enforcement notice, with a further £1,000 fine for his company No.1 (London) Ltd.
Mr Trepel, and the company, will also have to pay back £1,118,601 criminal benefit under Proceeds of Crime confiscation orders within the next three months or he will face a seven year prison sentence.
The council originally won a planning prosecution against Mr Trepel, aged 74 from Trinec in the Czech Republic, for his illegal conversion of the three flats within 2-4 London Bridge Street in 2010. He was fined and ordered to return the property back to its original condition.