A mixture of Leeds local organisations joined forces to improve housing and communities in the Edinburghs area of the city yesterday.
The event was part of the Leeds Neighbourhood Approach aimed at targeting properties where landlords have failed to respond to invitations to work with the council to improve their private rented accommodation or bring their empty home back into use. It also provides advice and guidance to local people about safety and crime prevention.
Councillor Peter Gruen, executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said:
“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide support to people in the Edinburghs as part of our commitment to working in targeted areas which house some of the city’s most vulnerable people. The conditions found inside some of the properties justify our partnership approach.
“We know some of the tenants the teams met would never complain to the council for fear of retaliatory eviction and working in this proactive way offers them a safe way to make their concerns heard.”
Officers from the council’s Neighbourhood Team and the Neighbourhood Police Team inspected 15 properties where formal notice to gain entry had already been served. They found conditions including overcrowding, fire safety issues, electrical hazards and entry by intruders and will now start follow up enforcement work to deal these concerns.
Crime Prevention Officers gave specific advice to residents on the day and general advice was handed out to all properties in the area regarding the Police’s Summer Burglary Campaign 2014, while Leeds City Council’s digital inclusion bus was present throughout the day to provide online access to services for residents and for use as a base by the partners.
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