Leeds: Unlicensed landlord fined by court

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Leeds City Council has prosecuted a 16th landlord for failing to licence a property.

Mohammed Ishtiaque admitted failing to licence his property on Glensdale Mount, East End Park, at Leeds Magistrates Court.

The magistrates fined him £1,050 and granted a victim surcharge of £15. The council’s costs of £1,068 were also awarded.

Mr Ishtiaque claimed that he did not appreciate how serious the matter was and kept overlooking it as he was caring for his poorly mother in Pakistan. As part of a campaign to improve housing in the Cross Green and East End Park areas of Leeds, the Selective Licensing Scheme means that all owners of privately-rented properties now need a licence to operate.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing, said: “Mr Ishtiaque has paid dearly for his avoidance of the selective licensing regime, as it has now cost him over £2,650. Landlords should ensure that their properties are licensed.”

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