18 Feb 2021

A landlord’s firm has been fined after waste accumulated in the rear yard of a tenanted property.

Elahi Properties of Blackburn was ordered to pay £1,259 by a court, comprised of a £750 court fine and £500 costs.

The firm was summonsed to appear in court earlier this month after ignoring repeated calls from the local council to take action. 

In the past year, 40 waste prosecutions have been brought forward by the same council – Blackburn with Derwent – totalling nearly £16,000 in fines alone.

Council spokesman Jim Smith says: “The council won’t tolerate rubbish building up and causing issues for neighbours. Piles of rubbish are disgusting, the rotting waste causes bad smells and attracts vermin.  There’s no excuse for it and it’s not fair on the people who live nearby. 

“Most residents take pride in their homes and surroundings, in fact we work with an army of volunteers who take to the streets daily to help rid our borough of litter.

“We will do everything we can to help those who need it and take action against those who blatantly blight our neighbourhoods.” 

Warned Phil Turtle, compliance director with Landlord Licensing and Defence, “Landlords must realise that councils will never take action against tenants who create the problems but they will prosecute and fine landlords at the drop of a hat.” Councils are not any landlord’s friend.

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