- Businessman Shiraj Haque is in social housing despite owning EIGHT other properties – including a £2million property
- Councillor with £1million property portfolio lives in council house
- Ministers have vowed to prevent anyone earning more than £100,000 from living in a local authority property
He owns property worth £5million, a chain of restaurants and a supermarket.
But multi-millionaire Shiraj Haque was revealed to be living in taxpayer-subsided social housing with a rent of just £135 a week.
The attractive, three-storey house in Bethnal Green is meant for low-income families, yet he has at least eight other properties, including a £2million home in South Woodford.
Multi-millionaire: Shiraj Haque is living in housing which costs him just £135 per week while Ayesha Chowdhury, a serving councillor, right, has £1m of properties but is living in a council property
He is among a number of wealthy people who are, or have been, living in social housing despite already owning a number of homes, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
Another is serving Labour councillor Ayesha Chowdhury, who lived in council housing despite owning properties worth at least £1million.
The revelation comes as ministers vowed to prevent anyone earning more than £100,000 being allowed to live in a council house.
Wealth… but taxpayer support: Shiraj Haque owns The Clifton in Whitechapel, left, as well as property in Stratford, right
Mr Haque’s local council currently has a waiting list of around 20,000 – one of the longest in London.
Social housing is allocated after a rigorous needs assessment involving income, family size and circumstances.
Mr Haque has lived in his council house since 2000 when he was already a wealthy businessman.
Peter Golds, leader of the opposition, said questions needed to be asked about how and why he got the house in the first place.
‘It is beyond belief that a millionaire is taking a public subsidy to deprive a needy family of a home,’ he said.
Mr Haque said he was housed because his previous home had been demolished.
He told the Sunday Telegraph that he lived there because he considered himself a ‘social democrat’ who ‘wanted to connect with the community’.
But he, the Peabody Trust housing association and the council were unable to explain how he met the income criteria.
A council spokesman said he could not discuss individual cases.
Records at Companies House show that Mr Haque is the sole director and only shareholder of Renegade Investment.
The company owns property worth £2.4million, according to its latest accounts.
He is also in effective control of the Clifton Group which owns four restaurants and a cash-and-carry supermarket. He is known as the ‘Curry King of Brick Lane’.
Companies House, Charity Commission and electoral roll records show that Mrs Chowdhury, who represents Beckton ward in Newham, lived in a housing association home despite she and her husband, Faiz, owning 17 properties.
Mrs Chowdhury said she has now moved into a nearby property and has changed her electoral roll details to the new address.
She declined to comment on why she lived in a council house given her financial situation.