27 November 2014
Linley & Simpson has repeated its warning about the dangers of rogue private landlords after the Yorkshire Evening Post reported on a case dubbed "one of the worst cases of deliberate neglect" ever seen.
Leeds magistrates fined landlord Kosvka Mijakovac, of Chapeltown, Leeds, £750 and ordered him to pay £2,749 in costs after he pleaded guilty to a series of safety breaches under section 43 of the Housing Act 2004.
The court was told that he was letting flats in the city with no heating, no hot water, toilets that didn't flush, inadequate security, and lack of fire safety precautions.
Despite Emergency Prohibition Orders being served on him by Leeds City Council, officers were concerned that tenants were still at risk of injury or even death.
Existing tenants found alternative accommodation but despite being legally obliged to fix the flats before letting them again, Mijakovac allowed three families with young children to move in in January 2014 without any repairs being made.
Despite warnings that the flats should not be occupied due to the risks to the health and safety of the occupants, tenants continued to live at the flats until June 2014.
Mijakovac was prosecuted for three offences of allowing re-occupation of a property subject to an Emergency Prohibition Order.
Will Linley, director of Linley & Simpson, said: "This is one of the most damning examples of bad and dangerous - practice we have seen in the 17 years since we first opened our doors.
"Once again, it underlines as to why more action needs to be taken to curb abuses in the growing rental market.
"It also serves as an important reminder to tenants only to deal with those agencies who have met strict standards of customer service and money protection by becoming properly accredited and registered with such bodies as ARLA."
Leeds councillor Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel said: "This is probably one of the worst cases of deliberate neglect that I have seen."
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