A rogue landlord who crammed 15 people into small rooms inside her home and in the garden has been ordered to pay £406,712 or face jail.
Gurdeep Kaur, 47, has been told that she has three months to give the money back she made from renting out the rooms in her home in Hillingdon West London, or face a prison sentence of five years.
Some of the tenants were made to live in outbuildings in the garden.
Kaur was caught in May 2017, after a joint two-year investigation led by the Home Office’s immigration team and the council’s planning enforcement officers.
She is said to have pocketed the cash after illegally turning her home into a house of multiple occupancy (HMO), without permission, Isleworth crown court heard.
Kaur was also given a £20,000 fine for the planning offence.
Enforcement officers found that Kaur had continued to illegally use the property as a large HMO, despite previously being issued with an enforcement notice ordering her to change the property back to a single house.
The council was also awarded more than £4,000 in prosecution costs.
Cllr Keith Burrows, Hillingdon Council Cabinet Member, Planning, Transportation and Recycling, said: ‘This is the highest amount the council has ever secured using proceeds of crime laws.
‘Gurdeep Kaur blatantly flouted the law and for that she must pay a hefty sum.
‘Let this be a warning that we will take robust enforcement action to stamp out illegal activity.’