Council targets landlords in Crossgates to keep standards high

Leeds City Council is taking action in the east of the city to ensure work is continuing to bring empty properties back into use and that private sector housing in the area is up to standard.

There are a number of empty private properties that have been identified in Crossgates, and the council has been working with owners over recent weeks to ensure that these properties are brought back into use or are being actively marketed for sale.

Already eight of the properties have been brought back into use, with a further 16 being actively marketed for sale. The council will continue to monitor another 21 properties which are currently exempt from council tax as the owners have either passed away or are in care homes.

The council will also be visiting a number of large houses of multiple occupation (HMO’s) that have previously been the subject of concern of local residents to identify any issues regarding property standards, and using any necessary powers of enforcement to correct any outstanding issues.

Along with ensuring that housing in the area meets a good standard, work has been carried out to address issues of fly-tipping, drainage, dog fouling, litter bins and waste in gardens.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility neighbourhoods, planning and support services said:

“Ensuring we help to bring empty properties back into use is a real priority for the council. It is great to see a number of properties have already been brought back into use in this area, and as a council we will continue to monitor the other properties to keep this work up.

“We have noted concerns from residents about a number of large houses in multiple occupation and will be visiting these properties in the coming weeks to ensure standards of housing are to the right level, and that the frontage of these properties remains in a good state of repair.”

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