Knight evicted from council flat
A self-styled knight has been evicted from his council home after officers discovered he owned four properties, including one worth £700,000.
Camden evicted Sir Barry Brooks from a two-bedroom council flat in Primrose Hill for breaching its tenancy conditions, which ban tenants from owning other properties.
Mr Brooks, who bought his title on the internet, had a house in Exmouth, two in Bromley, and one in Princes Risborough that had been valued at £700,000 in 2004.
He was also listed as the tenant of a ground floor council flat in White City.
Camden allocated its flat to Mr Brooks in 1998 after he told the council he was homeless.
The council investigated the tenancy after becoming concerned Mr Brooks was not living at the flat. Its suspicions were aroused by the presence of his two top-of-the-range Jaguar cars, which had personalised number plates, outside a detached house in Bromley.
The court found there had been a breach of the tenancy agreement, and ordered Mr Brooks to pay £3,182.34 and costs in the region of £9,500.
David Padfield, assistant director for housing management at Camden, said: ‘This kind of abuse of council homes is completely unacceptable. Camden council will always take action against those who take homes away from the people who really need them.’