A landlord has been banned from renting out rooms after he took advantage of vulnerable tenants.
Robert Crow, 69, is accused of letting his tenants live in filthy and dangerous conditions and failing to carry out basic maintenance.
The court heard water was left leaking through lights and tenants lived with an insanitary kitchen and tiny bedrooms filled with hoarded rubbish.
One of Crow’s tenants was forced to wash at a homeless centre because the bath and shower facilities at his own home were coated in filth.
The court heard Crow was the subject of a number of complaints by residents over several years.
Southend Magistrates found Crow guilty of 18 offences relating to the dangerous, insanitary and substandard conditions of the property.
He was fined £36,000, ordered to pay costs of £7,865.10 and a victim surcharge of £170.
He was also served a Criminal Behaviour Order preventing anyone from entering the property other than himself and his immediate family.