Local people will be familiar with the exploits of convicted landlord Andrew Panayi on the Cally Road. But what is the extent of his property empire on the Cally? We can shine a light on a small part of it through the properties where he has a license in his own name for multiple occupation. This map shows the 30-odd properties where Mr Panayi has an HMO licence in his name based on data extracted from the Council’s website.
Council sources tell me that Mr Panayi has a further 30 or so HMOs of which he is the freeholder licensed by his agents including Benjamin Sintim of Harris Brown Estates on the Cally Road.
This only seems a small part of it though. The Guardian, having spoken extensively to the council reports Mr Panayi ‘owns 200 flats around Caledonian Road’. Mr Panayi says on camera – ‘We don’t even know how many they are‘ in the BBC documentary ‘Secret History of Our Streets’
Mr Panayi’s empire strives to expand – he is appealing against the Council’s refusal to grant him permission to extend further a flat on the already heavily extended 237 Caledonian Road. The ground floor of 237 Cally has been the site of numerous odd businesses over the years and, in the 1950s an IRA arms dump according to J Bowyer Bell. It is this property that Mr Panayi expands upon in the BBC documentary describing how he bought it in 1990, filled in the back garden with building and triggers his infamous ‘Build first, get the permission later’ comment.
Any further additions to the map are welcome via the comments.