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March
2013
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Landlord fined £9,000 for ignoring fire safety


A Leeds landlord has felt the heat after being fined over £9,000 for consistently ignoring fire safety warnings from the council on a privately rented property.



Mrs Farideh Poorsheiki of 319 Burley Road, Leeds failed to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26 March but was fined £9066.55 for five offences relating to fire safety in the rented property on East Park Grove.



Council officers inspected the privately rented property last year where a number of serious breaches of housing legislation were revealed. The property appeared to have been neglected for some time, with internal doors smashed and disrepair to the external fabric. An officer attempted on numerous occasions to meet the landlord to inspect the property but she failed to attend.



Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:



“It is not acceptable that we have some landlords who consistently choose to disregard tenant safety and advice from council officers.



“We will take action wherever possible against rogue landlords and hope this latest prosecution sends a clear message to landlords who fail to improve housing standards in this area.



“The council has been concerned about the state of repair of some properties on East Park Grove. Three landlords have been prosecuted already in this road and a number of cases are pending on this road alone. This is an issue that we will be monitoring closely and taking action when and where necessary.”



East Park Grove falls within the Cross Green Selective Licensing Area. All landlords operating privately rented properties require a licence from the council before they can operate in this area. To date, in excess of fifty prosecutions have taken place of landlords in the selective licence area for either not complying with licence requirements or failing to licence their properties.



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