Monday, 11 April 2011

Statement on Department of Health approving new wellbeing centre for Holt Park

Leeds City Council has made the following statement concerning the Department of Health announcing its funding support for a new wellbeing centre at Holt Park in Leeds.

Leeds City Council executive member for adult health and social care Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:

“We were delighted to hear this morning that the Department of Health has approved the new wellbeing centre for Holt Park. The new centre will provide a much-needed new resource for people of all ages in north-west Leeds to access a whole range of health facilities and services. We are still waiting to hear the full detail of the government’s support for the project but once we do the plans can progress accordingly.”

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Double prosecution of Leeds landlords for ignoring regulations

Two Leeds landlords were prosecuted last week for failing to comply with housing regulations.

The first landlord, Mr Brian Davison of Horsforth, Leeds, was fined £5000 and ordered to pay Leeds City Council costs of £1829.25 for failing to licence his property. The second landlord Mr Khalid Mohammed of Bessacarr, Doncaster, was also fined £5000 and ordered to pay council costs of £1563.70 for breaching the terms of his HMO licence.

At Leeds Magistrates Court on 7 April 2011, Mr Davison admitted to failing to licence his property in Burley, Leeds had been an oversight on his part, but the court found him to be a professional landlord who by his own account knew about the rules and regulations.

On the same day Mr Mohammed pleaded guilty to seven breaches of housing regulations relating to a house he rented to students in Woodhouse, Leeds. The majority of the offences related to inadequate fire precautions putting his tenants at risk. Mr Mohammed pleaded guilty to two offences of failing to comply with conditions attached to his HMO licence and five further offences under HMO Management Regulations.

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

“This is a great result for us, and continues to send a strong message out to landlords in Leeds that they must comply with the relevant regulations if they are to let a house out.

“The team has been working very hard to make sure that houses across the city comply with all the relevant regulations, and this is another excellent result.”


Notes to editors:

Mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation which comprise three or more storeys occupied by five or more unrelated people who share basic amenities was introduced in the Housing Act 2004. The Act came in to force in 2006 and so far approximately 3,000 licences have been issued across the city by Leeds City Council’s HMO Licensing Team.

HMO licensing was introduced to raise standards in the private rented sector therefore licences contain conditions relating to not only fire precautions but also heating and amenity provision. HMO licences also restrict maximum permitted occupancy levels in properties.


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