Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Sixteenth landlord prosecuted for not licensing property

Leeds City Council have taken their sixteenth successful prosecution against a landlord for failing to licence their property.

Mr Mohammed Ishtiaque the owner of a property in Glensdale Mount attended Leeds Magistrates Court on Friday 11 March 2011 and presented his selective licensing application with the licensing fee to the court and pleaded guilty.

The magistrates fined him £1050 and granted a victim surcharge of £15. The council's costs of £1068 were also awarded.

Mr Ishtiaque claimed that he did not appreciate how serious the matter was and kept overlooking it due to having to attend to his mother who was ill in Pakistan.

As part of a campaign to improve housing in the Cross Green and East End Park part of the city , the Selective Licensing Scheme ensures that all owners of privately-rented properties need a licence to operate. Failure to get a licence, or comply with the conditions, can lead to a fine.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing said:

“The cost of the selective licence is £525 which equates to approximately £2.00 per week over the five year licence period.

“Mr Ishtiaque has paid dearly for his avoidance of the selective licensing regime, as having to licence his property has now cost him over £2650. This is a further example of why landlords should ensure that their properties are properly licensed, for the good of themselves and their tenants.”

The Selective Licensing designation was granted by the Secretary of State and came into force in the Cross Green/East End Park area of Leeds on 1st October 2009.

Such schemes were introduced by the Housing Act 2004 to tackle the high number of empty properties in an area and anti social behaviour to improve living conditions for residents. The designation in Leeds means that all privately rented properties in the designated area need to be licensed and landlords have to comply with conditions stipulated in their licence or risk being prosecuted.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Kids ‘Go Funny’ for Comic Relief

Junior wardens in Cross Gates will be shooting some hoops and relaying in their pyjamas this week as they raise money for Comic Relief.

Throughout this week the Cross Gates junior wardens are helping their friends at Cross Gates Primary 'Go Funny' for Comic Relief as part of Red Nose Day 2011.

The junior wardens are challenging Cross Gates school to raise over £300 for Red Nose Day by holding a basketball hoop-a-thon, wii dance tournament and relay events.

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All media are invited to the fundraising events at Cross Gates Primary School on Thursday and Friday where the children will be wearing pyjamas and taking part in funny sporting activities. Please call the press office on 0113 247 4450 to arrange attendance.

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The events have been gratefully sponsored by Colour Copy Leeds who has provided prizes for children who score the most points in the events.

Shauna Douglas of the junior wardens said:

‘I really wanted to do something for Comic Relief and after talking to my friends in junior wardens we realised that we all wanted to do something this year. The money the school will raise will make such a difference and by involving the whole school it will be a brilliant teambuilding activity as well.”

Angelena Fixter, chair of the East North East Homes Leeds board, said:
“This will be a really fun, enterprising way of raising funds for Comic Relief and I hope everyone will support them as much as they can. It’s great to see young people taking the initiative and helping those less fortunate than themselves – that’s exactly the reason we set up the Junior Wardens scheme and it’s wonderful to see that they are now showing their peers the importance of helping others.”

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Notes to editors:

Comic relief fundraising events;

1. Sponsored Wii dance organised by wardens for Years five and six – Thursday 17 March from 12.30pm
2. Pyjamas to school, basketball hoop-a-thon and funny relay for whole school – Friday 18 March from 12.30pm

East North East Homes Leeds is one of three Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMO) which manage and maintain council housing on behalf of Leeds City Council. They are wholly owned by the council, which retains ownership of housing stock and sets rents.
East North East Homes Leeds covers the areas of Boston Spa, Burmantofts, Chapel Allerton, Chapeltown, Collingham, Gipton, Halton Moor, Harehills, Linton, Meanwood, Moor Allerton, Moortown, Seacroft, and Wetherby.


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk