Working in co-operation with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and others partners across the city, Leeds City Council led an operation on Dewsbury Road, in Beeston, targeting fire safety, and environmental health and standards of accommodation. They also offered advice and support to residents and landlords to ensure accommodation is maintained at an acceptable standard.
The operation was conducted using some of the council’s £125,000 of government funds earmarked for tackling rogue landlords in the city. The operation was deemed a success, with 22 properties above commercial premises being inspected. A number of serious problems were identified, including: excess cold, overcrowding, lack of fire safety, electrical hazards, and more. Action will be taken against the landlords responsible.
A number of other residential flats and businesses were visited by WYFRS, some of which were found to found to be lacking in fire detection, posing significant risks to the flats above.
Councillor Peter Gruen said, “Health and safety is of the utmost importance for all premises and accommodation in Leeds, and we are firmly committed to taking appropriate measures to prevent anyone breaking the law as well as offering advice and support to keep people safe.”