LB Hounslow want “rogue landlord” stripped of OBE

Image above: Nirpaul Riat

Nirpaul Riat left tenants in squalid conditions and was fined £300,000

Hounslow Council have called for businessman Nirpaul Riat to have his OBE revoked after branding him a “rogue landlord” for the living conditions to which his tenants were subjected.

The Council took legal action against Mr. Riat after uncovering dreadful living conditions in 22 properties under his management.

Following an Emergency Prohibition Order issued by Hounslow Council, judges presiding over the case slapped Mr. Riat with a £300,000 fine, shedding light on the deplorable state of the homes he had been renting out.

The catalogue of issues identified within Mr. Riat’s properties included illegal conversions of houses into flats, outbuildings rented to vulnerable individuals, and an utter lack of regard for the wellbeing of his tenants.

Tenants were subjected to living in woeful conditions, including damp, squalid rooms with minimal natural light, a scarcity of hot water, erratic heating, and persistent leaks and mould problems, which spanned over two decades.

Among the crimes which landed him in Isleworth Crown Court, Mr. Riat was found guilty of illegally converting a property into eight flats, as well as renting out an outbuilding in Osterley. He now faces the possibility of imprisonment should he fail to pay the fine.

Images above: photos from inside Mr. Riat’s propeties; Photographs via Hounslow Council

“This landlord treated his tenants as nothing more than a commodity”

Mr. Riat was recognised for his charitable efforts and awarded an OBE “for services to Charity and to the Punjabi People” in 2011. He raised nearly £50,000 for air ambulance services, Thames Valley Crime Stoppers, and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Now that he has been found to have repeatedly broken the law, Hounslow Council is seeking to have Mr Riat stripped of his OBE. Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Development at Hounslow Council, said:

“This landlord treated his tenants as nothing more than a commodity – exploiting residents in need of housing for his own financial gain.

“While these residents were left to languish in these appalling conditions, Nirpaul grew rich at their expense. I hope today’s verdict sends a message that we do not – under any circumstances – tolerate rogue landlords in Hounslow and will use the full force of the law to prosecute them.”