Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Local community and council work to prosecute landlord

A local community have helped the council prosecute a landlord who failed to license his property properly.

On Friday 2 September at Leeds Magistrates Court, Mr Din from Harehills, Leeds was fined £1500, and ordered to repay costs of £750 and a £15 victim surcharge.

The case was originally brought about by reports to the council from the local community in Cross Green, who suspected the house on St Hildas Road was unlicensed but still being rented out.

The landlord Mr Din was not represented in court but stated he had taken legal advice, and as such was advised to plead guilty to the offence of failing to licence his property. He went on to say that he had now applied for his licence following receipt of his summons and had not appreciated how serious this matter was.

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

“It is a real testament to the local community in Cross Green that this case came about and led to a successful prosecution.

“We have had a number of successful prosecutions over the last six months, and this is a further warning to landlords to ensure they license their rental properties properly.”


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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk


Young people given the chance to compete for an apprenticeship

Young people in Leeds are being given the opportunity to win an apprenticeship in the construction industry.

The ‘Build My Future; Build My Leeds’ competition starts on Monday 5 September, and will give two lucky young people the chance to win a full apprenticeship in the construction industry.

As part of the Leeds Apprenticeship challenge, which launched in February 2011, young people will be invited to write 100 words about the new Leeds Arena and / or Trinity Leeds and create an illustration to support.

The competition opened on the 5 September, and all entries can be submitted to Leeds City Council before the closing date of 7th October 2011.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for employment and skills said:

“Apprenticeships are a way of enabling people to train and gain qualifications while working in their chosen area of employment. It is an excellent opportunity to obtain those vital skills through the achievement of the Apprenticeship Framework.

“This competition is a fantastic opportunity for young people across the city to get involved with one of the major sites in Leeds and gain a new skill set that will help start their career.”

Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for children’s services said:

“We will be working closely with schools and colleges across the city to promote the competition.

“This is an excellent chance for two young people to learn practical skills that will help them in the future.

“The council is very much committed to helping young people into work, and giving them the skills necessary to make the next step into work. This competition is one of the many ways we are looking to do this.”

The competition is the second phase of the city committing to apprenticeships. The first stage involved Leeds employers pledging to engage with 100 apprenticeships in 100 days, which was very successful with 162 employers signing up.

For more information and to download an application form visit our website at
www.leeds.gov.uk/buildmyleeds

Notes to editors:

Entrants are asked to write up to a 100 words about the new entertainment Arena and/or Trinity Leeds, the new retail development, and create an illustration to support their words. The competition is being held in partnership with Leeds City Council, Construction Leeds and the National Apprenticeships Service, BAM, Laing O’Rourke and Leeds College of Building.

The competition is open to all year 11 and up to 18 year olds within Leeds who are not currently in full – time employment.

Finalists who are chosen will attend a site visit to the Arena or Trinity Leeds on the 19th October and also a Competition Session at the Leeds College of Building on the 8th November.

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