A MASSIVE fine landed on a company which rented out “rat-infested” properties in Liverpool lead to the resignation of a housing committee chief – in Bradford.
Premier Housing, based in the West Yorkshire city, was hit with penalties and costs totalling £39,180 over the state of houses in Laburnum Road and Holt Road, Kensington.
A director of the company, Cllr Rizwan Malik resigned his role as chairman of the Bradford’s housing committee and is under investigation by his own Labour party leaders.
The flats above a shop in Holt Road housed Eastern European immigrants who spoke little English. The properties were found to be infested with rats.
The walls were daubed with graffiti, the fire alarms did not work, and kitchen and bathroom fittings were in disrepair.
The company’s website claims it is “committed to providing quality rental properties that are fully maintained at all times”.
When contacted by the ECHO, Cllr Malik, 32, said: “I’ve been advised by the leadership team that I’m still under further investigation and questioning so I can’t really make any comment at this stage.”