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Money awarded to tackle landlords

Bradford – A cash boost will help Bradford Council crack down on landlords who rent out substandard properties.

The Council has been granted £45,000 by the Government to build on the work they are already undertaking.

This is a two-pronged approach which includes:

Visiting flats above commercial properties on key arterial routes into Bradford. The money will enable environmental health officers to visit evenings and weekends.

Revisiting properties where landlords have been served improvement notices which have not been complied with. This tends to occur when tenants move out before the works are completed and then new tenants move in and the work doesn’t resume.

Coun Val Slater, Bradford Council’s portfolio holder for housing, said: “We’re delighted our bid was successful to support the work we’re carrying out to make homes in Bradford safer and healthier.”

A pilot study was conducted by the Council which highlighted that flats above commercial properties were among the worst in the city. Of particular concern was a lack of fire safety precautions and basic amenities for people.

Liam Jowett, Housing Standards Manager, said: “We’ll need the co-operation of tenants and business owners to allow access to their flats. Where possible we will write to those concerned before we visit.

“We look forward to working with co-operative flat owners in order to advise them the best way of carrying out safety improvements.

“Those landlords who do not co-operate will, however, face formal action which could lead to a prosecution and hefty fine.”

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