Landlord fined again on worst offending street in Leeds
A landlord has been prosecuted for the second time after putting tenant’s lives in danger from possible carbon monoxide poisoning after a boiler was moved and wrongly positioned.
Mr Craig Parkin, of 7 Cricketers Green, Yeadon, Leeds, pleaded guilty to 12 offences placed before the Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday 19 April and was fined a total of £5854.55.
The property came to the attention of Leeds City Council's selective licensing team when they noticed a broken window on the property. After numerous unsuccessful attempts by officers to gain access to inspect the property, they spoke to the tenant who allowed them access, following which a number of licence breaches were noted.
The most shocking was that a gas boiler had been dangerously relocated next to a large hole which was previously the old flue, which has simply been covered with cardboard. Further serious breaches were noted relating to fire and electrical safety which were unacceptable and a danger to the tenant.
The property is located on East Park Grove which has the highest number of prosecutions under the selective licence laws in the Cross Green and East End Park area of Leeds.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:
“We have already prosecuted a number of landlords with properties on this road, and will continue to do so until standards are improved.
“Tenants safety is paramount, and it is not acceptable that whilst paying rent they are subject to poor living standards.
“This is another warning to landlords who do not respect the law that the council are willing to take action. To date we have had in excess of fifty prosecutions of landlords in the selective licence area for either not complying with licence requirements or failing to licence their properties.”
Notes to editors:
Mr Parkin was prosecuted by Leeds City Council in April 2011 on two charges of failing to licence two properties within the designated Selective Licensing Area.. He was found guilty on both counts and was fined £1500, with costs awarded to Leeds City Council of £2300.54.
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