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Landlord banned from renting “garage” to family

garageA landlord has been banned from renting out a converted garage after Environmental Health Officers found a family living in sub-standard conditions.

The detached double garage in Braunstone Town had undergone a partial conversion, equipping the area with a small kitchen, bathroom and a bed-sitting room.

However, officers inspecting the property found there to be no heating, inadequate insulation and no smoke alarms, whilst the windows and doors were found to be rotten.

On a later visit officers found a fault with the electrics, with the shower having stopped working as a result, and only one working plug socket.

The family, which included a young child, who were renting the converted garage, have been moved to a new home in time for Christmas.

They had been renting the property for over seven months before reporting the conditions they were living in to Blaby District Council.

One of the gravest concerns to officers was the main garage door, which had not been removed by the landlord. With the garage door in place tenants had nowhere to sit with natural light and a fire in the property could have left them trapped with no window to escape through.

Environmental Health served a Prohibition Order on the property; the order ensures that the landlord will be prosecuted if anyone lives in the property before extensive works are completed to convert to standards approved by the council.

Councillor Guy Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood & Environmental Services, said:

Cllr Guy Jackson
Cllr Guy Jackson

“There are a lot of laws covering rented properties and it can be hard for landlords to keep up to date with changes such as the new requirement for having smoke alarms fitted on every floor.

It is hard to believe, however, that any landlord thinks that it is acceptable to let a family live in the conditions found in this property. I hope the strong action taken by Blaby District Council will deter other landlords from letting tenants live in poor conditions.”

Tenants living in Blaby District can call 0116 275 0555 to ask for advice and assistance if they are concerned about the condition of their rented property.

Event asks “Is your child strapped in the car seat properly?”

CCS_pic_17_8_15On Monday 17th August, Leicestershire Police and Leicester City Council held an event to raise awareness of ill-fitted child seats.

During the event vehicles were checked to ensure that child car seats had been fitted correctly and that they were appropriate for the child, for example that the child was not too small/big for the seat.

The event, held at Meridian Leisure Park on Lubbersthorpe Way, was run by officers from the Braunstone Town and Thorpe Astley Dedicated Neighbourhood Team, and Road Safety Officers from Leicester City Council.

112 vehicles were checked, however only three passed the inspection.

Of the other 109 vehicles, four were told they could not leave the site until the correct seats had been brought to the site, this included one private hire vehicle. The rest were given advice and had the seat fitted correctly.

PC Stuart Clough said:

“It is really worrying the amount of cars that didn’t have the seats fitted correctly. At the end of the day this could have devastating consequences if the car was in an accident.

“We would like to urge people to check their child’s car seat is fitted properly every time they make a journey.”

Leicester City Council Road Safety Officers handed out advice leaflets, key rings and stickers to drivers whilst checking their vehicles.

The majority of drivers were supportive and most welcomed the safety checks.

For more information on fitting a child seat, see the Leicester City Council website:

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/roads-and-pavements/road-safety/child-car-seats

Fly tipping Blaby resident caught and fined

A Blaby resident has been fined £300 after illegally dumped waste was found outside Marks and Spencer in Fosse Park.

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Household waste was wrapped in a duvet cover.

Iboiya Horvath, of 10 Frankson Avenue, Braunstone Town, Leicester, was caught out after letters addressed to her at two different addresses were found amongst the rubbish, which consisted of household waste wrapped in a duvet cover.

She was invited to two interviews at Blaby District Council, but did not attend, so the case went to court on Tuesday January 22 where she pleaded guilty and was fined £300.

Councillor Guy Jackson, portfolio holder for Regulatory and Neighbourhood Services, said:

“Blaby District Council has a zero tolerance to fly tipping and will thoroughly investigate all complaints and incidents of fly tipping. This fine highlights that the offence is also serious in the eyes of the court.”

To report fly tipping or any other environmental crimes visit www.blaby.gov.uk, email env.health@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7555.