A couple have been prosecuted by Kirklees Council for health and safety failures at two houses in Huddersfield.

Landlords Dr Mohammed Iqbal and Mrs Samina Iqbal, of Somerset Road, Huddersfield, owned and rented out two properties on Almondbury Bank.

Kirklees magistrates were told tenants reported a number of issues with the property including no guard or handrails above three-metre drops onto concrete flagged areas and lack of repairs to roofs and windows.

Roof slates had fallen off, almost hitting one of the tenants, and a child got stuck in between the spindles on an internal staircase.

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The council served notice on the landlords under Sections 11 & 12 of the Housing Act 2004, which meant they had to carry out the necessary work to make sure the property met the health and safety requirements. They failed to do this in the allotted time so the council took the case to court.

Each landlord was found guilty in their absences and ordered to pay £6,825.85 in fines, court costs and victim surcharges.