A LANDLORD who let dangerously substandard flats to families has been hit with a £3,500 court bill.
Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard the council served emergency prohibition orders on Kosvka Mijakovac’s three flats at Roundhay Grove, Harehills, in December 2013.
Previous inspections revealed the flats were in such a bad state of repair that council officers were concerned tenants would be at risk of injury or even death.
The flats had no heating and no hot water and toilets didn’t flush.
Handrails were missing, there was no lighting in communal areas and doors were defective and had locks missing.
And there was a lack of suitable fire safety precautions.
Mijakovac failed to fix the flats and allowed three families with young children to move in January 2014 without any repairs being made. Tenants continued to live at the flats until June 2014.
Mijakovac, of Ellers Road, Chapeltown, was prosecuted for three offences of allowing re-occupation of a property subject to an emergency prohibition order.
He was fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of £2,749 plus a £25 victim surcharge after admitting the offences.
Coun Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said “This is probably one of the worst cases of deliberate neglect that I have seen.
“Our officers are on hand to offer their wealth of experience to keep tenants safe and landlords on the right side of the law. The majority of landlords are more than happy to work with us to ensure this is the case. However, when standards fall this far below the expected and required level, we will not stand by while people put profit ahead of safety, common sense and the law.”