29 Mar 2018

Celebrity stylist fined for illegal sub-letting

A celebrity fashion stylist boosted his earnings by illegally subletting his council flat while he was away working for Prada in Milan, a court heard.

Marvin Maddix, 27, posted online adverts for a tenant at his Ealing council home, offering a short-term rental of the one-bedroom flat between January and April last year.

Despite paying just £81 a week in subsidised rent for the flat himself, Maddix — who boasts Victoria Beckham among his clients — charged his tenant £265 a week, more than three times as much.

Questioned by council officers who had spotted his adverts, he at first claimed he had been forced to leave the property because of racist and homophobic abuse from his neighbours.

Maddix, editor of fashion magazine FGUK, eventually accepted he had let it while away having an “amazing time” working for Prada. After a trial, Ealing magistrates found him guilty of subletting in breach of a tenancy. Meredoc McMinn, defending, said Maddix faces being evicted from his council home due to the conviction. The court heard he was housed by the council as a teenager after he had come out as gay and cut ties with his mother.

He graduated with a degree in fashion and media in 2013 and has built up a client list that includes Victoria Beckham’s New York business, model twins the Quann Sisters, singer-songwriter Sophie Beem and “hot felon” model Jeremy Meeks.

Prosecutor Hatoon Zeb said Maddix moved to the flat in Endsleigh Road, West Ealing, in 2011. When questioned last September, he initially denied illegally subletting or receiving rent but then said: “I’d found a job at Prada and it was an amazing time for me. I needed a bit of extra money while I was away.” Denying the charge in court, he said: “It was not about profit but covering my debt and not losing my home.” He said he stayed with the family of his Italian boyfriend Tom Cassani in Milan.

But magistrates rejected his claim of abuse from neighbours after hearing he had not complained to the council or police. “You must realise council property is scarce. There are vulnerable families with children and old people desperate for properties,” said magistrate Rita Biddulph.

“Families are stuck in hostels and much smaller accommodation, so you should be grateful. You must be one of the luckiest young men... to be given a lovely flat and you have made a profit from it.” She ordered Maddix to pay an unlawful profit order of £1,901 plus £1,750 in costs.

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