The Department for Communities and Local Government have handed over £125,000 to Leeds City Council to fund a new scheme to go after landlords in the city who let unacceptably poor quality flats and flats with fire safety issues.
Working together with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, the council will target over 200 commercial premises, such as take-aways, with residential accommodation housed directly above to ensure they meet the required standard and comply with all relevant food and health legislation.
The council has been busy over the last 12 months engaging with landlords in an effort to boost standards, and have had to deal with the minority who fall short. They have had to serve over 1,000 enforcement notices on 350 properties in the private rented sector, demanding quality and management improvements. 15 prosecutions were secured against the rogues who continued in failing to fulfil their legal duties to their tenants.
Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning support services said , “We want to ensure all our residents are protected and live safely in quality homes across the city.”
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