24
September
2014
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00:00
Europe/London

Failing landlord faces punishment


Leeds landlord Zulfiqar Ali Din has been fined £1,825 and ordered to pay costs of £2,082.62 plus a £120 victim surcharge after failing to comply with an Improvement Notice served under the provisions of Section 11 & 12 of the Housing Act 2004.



Mr Din, who was the landlord and joint owner of the privately rented property in Stocks Hill, Armley did not comply with the Improvement Notice served on him on 3rd July 2013 which required specified works to be carried out before 3rd September 2013. This left the property without adequate heating, fire safety precautions, damp and mould, electrical hazards and structural issues, which were only fully completed in July 2014.

When the council were told about the serious hazards within the property, an officer from the Private Sector Housing Team investigated the matter.



Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel, said:



“Our team contacted this landlord on numerous occasions regarding hazards at his property, but he failed to respond to any correspondence. This was after the tenant had already tried to sort things out. It is not acceptable for a small minority of landlords to fail to treat their tenants properly and uphold decent standards of safety and maintenance.

“Leeds City Council works closely with landlords throughout the city to offer advice, guidance and support which will make letting properties more straightforward. I strongly recommend that anyone who is renting out a property considers joining Leeds Landlords Accreditation Scheme where members are provided with a package of exclusive benefits to enhance their business and provide access to a range of our services.”



Mr Din failed to attend the first hearing on 29th May 2014, requesting an adjournment. This was granted, and he then requested two more adjournments before the trial finally commenced on the 23rd September 2014 at Leeds Magistrates Court.

The Magistrates found that Leeds City Council had proved the case, beyond all reasonable doubt and Mr Din was found guilty of offences under Section 30 of the Housing Act 2004.



Notes for editors:



More details about the council’s landlord scheme is available at:

http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Business/Pages/Leeds-Landlords'-AccreditationScheme.aspx



Media contact:



Phil Morcom


Communications and Marketing team

Leeds City Council



Tel: 0113 224 3602

Fax: 0113 247 4736

www.leeds.gov.uk