20 May 2019
Serial offender, landlord Jack Collins, has been fined £20,000 after being found guilty of failing to protect the safety of his tenants.
He was prosecuted by Leeds City Council and appeared at the local magistrates court, charged with a variety of charges related to the 'disgraceful state' of his rental properties in the Beeston area.
Among a number of offences, Mr Collins was found guilty of failing to maintain a working fire alarm system; failure to ensure a means of escape was kept clear; and failing to keep a proper escape route in good order for his tenants.
He was fined £14,000 in February last year for similar offences in relation to two other properties.
The Magistrates Panel said: "Mr Collins, you own 10 properties, your business is in housing people. It’s apparent you are deficient in this role/business."
Collins was fined £17,500 and ordered to pay the prosecutions costs of £2,446.50 plus a victim surcharge of £170. He told the court that he had been unhappy with the quality of work from contractors and felt he had to do the work himself, but had been suffering ill health.