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'House of horrors' at risk of collapse closed down

A “house of horrors” which could have collapsed at any time has been closed down.

The dilapidated three-bedroom house was being lived in by a family with two children.

But the privately rented property in Manor Park was found by Newham Council to have been partially gutted for renovation works, despite being rented out for £700 a month

They found exposed electrical wiring, walls stripped back exposing the brick work and missing ceilings in unoccupied upstairs bedrooms.

The team also discovered chimney breasts removed in rooms occupied by the family downstairs - but no supporting steels had been put in place.

A prohibition notice was issued by the council to the landlord, banning anyone from living inside the house until it is made safe.

This was truly a house of horrors. It was unsanitary and unsafe.

The ceilings could have collapsed at any time, the wiring could have sparked a fire, but this landlord saw no problem putting this young couple and their children in grave danger and charging them for it.

Without our licensing scheme we may not have come across this family and been able to take them out of harms way. And now this landlord will pay for his negligence.

– Sir Robin Wales, mayor of Newham