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Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

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  • Council pays rogue landlord £500,000 in housing benefit

    Bernard McGowan, who has £30m in property, received money from Brent despite being banned
    A repeatedly convicted landlord, ruled unfit to rent out property in a north London borough in 2015, has since received more than £500,000 in housing benefit payments from the same council that banned him.
    The discovery that a local authority is directly paying public money to a landlord its own officers describe as “rogue” is the latest example of the ineffective regulations designed to police the private rented sector’s worst offenders.
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