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Finchley man fined for failing to apply for planning permission
A businessman who split two houses into flats without planning consent and earned more than £5,000 in rent has been fined.
David Dahan, of Hillcrest Avenue, Finchley, pleaded guilty to two planning breaches after converting the homes in Garth Road, Cricklewood, and The Drive, Golders Green.
Barnet Council’s Anti-Fraud Team applied for a confiscation order after an investigation.
The 65-year-old was ordered to pay Barnet Council £75,636 within six months. Failing to repay the money within that time could mean a custodial sentence of up two two years.
Dahan was also fined £4,000 for planning breaches, £2,000 per offence and ordered to pay the council’s costs of £7,000.
Council leader Councillor Richard Cornelius, said: “Mr Dahan showed a blatant disregard for the planning process and made a tidy profit over a number of years from illegally renting these properties out.
“I hope the confiscation of his ill-gotten gains serves as a warning to others that we can, and will, come after anyone who we learn has profited from the proceeds of crime.”
The court was told that planning officers visited both properties after receiving complaints from members of the public.
Planning officers discovered work that went beyond the size approved by planning permission had already begun on his property in The Drive in early 2011, .
A planning enforcement notice was issued in February 2011, and Mr Dahan was ordered to modify the extension or demolish it.
But when an officer returned he found the extension had been finished and converted into flats.
It was then discovered his house in Garth Road had been divided into 11 flats without the relevant planning permission.
After an enforcement notice was served in February 2012, Mr Dahan was ordered to remove the kitchen areas from all but one room and showers and toilets from all but two rooms.
However, the court was told Mr Dahan failed to make any changes and the house was still divided into flats on further visits.
The extension at The Drive has since been reduced to a single storey extension and now complies with planning regulations.
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