Landlord Punished

Landlord fined $60,000 for illegal garage conversions
Friday Oct 11, 2013

Madhav Karmarkar was sentenced in the Auckland District Court on September 17 for turning two properties in Takapuna and three in Mt Roskill into a total of 12 smaller units without consent.

The full extent of the illegal conversions was discovered following a complaint from a tenant querying if it was legal to rent a garage as a flat.

Two of the converted units were former garages, one with low cramped ceilings, and the other even retaining the external garage roller door within the property.

In sentencing Karmarkar, Judge Jeff Smith took into consideration the deliberate nature of the offences in order to achieve financial gain.

Enforcement orders were issued by the court requiring the illegal units to be disestablished and the dwellings returned to their legal state by end of February 2014.

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