A Leeds landlord is counting the cost of letting his workmen illegally dump furniture and waste in the street.
Manjeet Rhoud Singh of Moorland Drive was fined £750 after builders he employed to carry out work on his rental property in Nowell Avenue dumped a sofa, a bath and other household waste outside the home in March 2012.
He was also order to pay costs of £1,029.49p and a £15 victim surcharge for illegally depositing, or knowingly causing the illegal deposit of waste.
Singh told council environmental enforcement officers that he had taken on the contractors to fix up the house but had not made any arrangements to ensure any waste from the job was dealt with properly.
Despite being served a legal notice to provide details of the workmen, Singh claimed he was unable to do so and was prosecuted under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The council picked up the pile of rubbish to ensure the pavement on Nowell Avenue was safe and free of obstructions.
Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment, said:
“Yet again we are using our staff and resources to clean up after others who should know better.
“It’s particularly frustrating as our staff do their utmost to make sure people know the best way to store, manage and dispose of their waste appropriately.
“The outcome in court should serve as another reminder to people that while we’re happy to work with people to clean up communities, we will prosecute when responsibilities are blatantly ignored.”
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