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People are being asked for their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some parts of Leeds - Beeston and Harehills.
Mark Ireland, the council's service manager for private sector housing, said:
“Selective licensing schemes can also help create communities and places where people want to live, play, work and stay. The council is consulting on the proposal for selective licensing in parts of Beeston and Harehills. Everyone with an interest in the areas: residents, landlords, businesses and partners will be provided with information regarding the proposal."
The council's Community Hubs in the areas - the Compton Centre and Dewsbury Road - will have information available to take away and read for those not online. The consultation runs from August 1 until October 31.
Cllr Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council's executive member for communities, said:
“A priority for the council is to improve the quality of housing across the city and make sure private rented homes are well managed by landlords. This is why we’re considering introducing selective licensing in parts of Beeston and Harehills.
“We really want to hear your views on these selective licensing proposals and want as many people as possible to have their say.”
More information on selective licensing, including how to have your say, can be found at the following link: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/selectivelicensing
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The fee for licensing is sometimes surprising to me, the price for a Leeds Licence is the equivalent of up to 2 months gross rent in Beeson/Harehills.
The shifting of responsibility from tenant to landlord, for maintaining the grass for example is annoying but see why its in there.
I never really understood the condition - that landlords should evict if people complain about anti-social behaviour.Sure it sounds sensible? but its the council requireing it. Wont the tenant just move down the road to the next property?I'm not sure what the council gets out of a tenant moving a few properties away, not sure how that solves anti-social behaviour.As we must remember - there is no Landlord Accessible database of such tenants.
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landlordreferencing.co.uk has a database of over 600,000 rogue tenants. Anyone can send them info on their tenants, both good and bad. I would encourage all landlords to provide info on tenants to them so that we can then avoid taking on a bad egg.
Beeston Selective licensing approved
This result despite 92% participants in the consultation process voting AGAINST
I wasn't surprised either. The url https://democracy.leeds.gov.uk shows how cynical the Council is!
"autocracy.leeds.gov.uk" would be more accurate!
In sorrow, more than in anger
Also to say that my sister and I, who both have rental houses in Beeston, went to considerable trouble to give detailed responses to the consultation in conjunction with our lettings agent.
The top and bottom is they dont work ??
I have found that once a Council goes down this road it will happen
Landlord have to factor this in now
look at your business and selective licence and update property when you have time
If you prepare for it now it will have less impact in the future fit fire doors fit wired in smoke detectors and get a 5 year Electrical cert
If you do the three things you will most likely qualify for a liacance if it comes your way
Its all tax deductible so the dear old HMRC are paying for 40%
and you will have a safer property
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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Has anyone got the number of properties affected in Leeds by these proposals, the address lists appear to be by street with no summary ?
The fee structure would suggest around 2,000 properties in total.
There is a suggestion that 70% of inspections will be found to be compliant , 20% will require work which will be undertaken and the remaining 10% will need legal action.
It is also accepted that as a result of the introduction of Selective Licensing there may be an increase in homelessness.
The criteria here appears to be deprivation. One wonders how licensing only PRS properties (70% compliant) can possibly result in less free school meals and a higher level of employment for example.
Here we have a further example of pre 1919 terraced housing being targeted due to these properties being less energy efficient.
Government funding for external and internal insulation has generally been withdrawn and without this how will this change ?
Since retiring and spending more time at home i now share the same high energy bill issues in common with those who have never worked so perhaps i can also qualify for the classification of being in fuel poverty !