A Leeds landlord had to pay fines and costs of £2,799 after failing to remove waste from their rented property in Harehills. The landlord, Ms Muniba Rashid, pleaded guilty to five charges at Kirklees Magistrates Court.

Initially, neighbours complained to the council about waste in the front yard of Ms Rashid’s property. Council officers issued letters to the landlord warning them that legal action would be taken. However, the landlord failed to clear the rubbish or contact the council officers.

The council officers then issued a Community Protection Notice requiring the removal of the waste. Community Protection Notices direct people to stop causing a problem that is having a detrimental impact on the quality of life of people in their neighbourhood.

Ms Rashid did not comply with the notice and was issued with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice and council officers removed the waste.

Ms Rashid attended court after ignoring the Fixed Penalty and was prosecuted to impose a fine and recover the costs of the waste removal.

Councillor Mohammed Rafique, executive member for environment and housing, says: “As a council we remain committed to taking environmental crime seriously and I would encourage residents to report any issues to the cleaner neighbours team. By working with communities, we can swiftly act to protect the wider community.”

“Although people may not think that storing waste on their own land is a concern, it hugely impacts neighbourhoods and can act as a catalyst for other environmental issues, such as littering and fly-tipping.”