Flat tenants are celebrating after housing bosses were forced to make a u-turn on the controversial decision to ban doormats.
Residents at Brecon Court, in Gipton, were told by Leeds East North East Homes - Leeds City Council’s arm’s length housing management organisation - that doormats should be removed from outside their flats.
The YEP reported that the mats were branded a fire hazard and tenants blasted the decision to ban them as “downright ridiculous”.
But residents are now celebrating after they were told by the authority that they could keep their doormats in communal areas.
The news comes after the YEP revealed last year that housing bosses from West North West Homes were forced to perform a u-turn on banning doormats in communal areas in flats across the west of the city.
Brecon Court tenant Michael Dean was delighted with the news.
He said: “Common sense has prevailed. You can’t have one law for one half of Leeds and one for the other.
“They said that the mats were a fire hazard but I told them at the time that I could get a blow lamp to the doormat and it wouldn’t start a fire.
“I have just kept my doormat there right from the start of it all.”
He said that he would like the authority to write to tenants informing them of the decision.
Michael added: “I would now like the council to write to all the tenants with an official letter to tell them that the decision has been rescinded.”
A spokesman from Leeds City Council said: “We have listened to residents’ concerns and following further discussions we will work with them on a more managed approach which best balances the need to keep tenants safe and at the same time helps them to create a personalised environment in their home. Although some restrictions are still in place in the interests of health and safety, we have given residents more specific guidelines to avoid any confusion in future.”