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November
2013
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Landlord conference aims for more affordable high quality housing in Leeds


A conference to bring landlords from across Leeds together will take place at Pudsey Civic Hall this week (Thursday 21 November).



The conference, organised by Leeds City Council, will focus on how to bring affordable and high quality homes to the city and will engage with landlords on current issues affecting them as a sector.



The free event which will run from 9am to 2pm will include speeches from three key speakers – Councillor Peter Gruen, executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services at Leeds City Council, Hannah Gousy, policy officer from Shelter, and Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The main themes that will be covered on the day will involve policy, national and local issues, empty properties, and general private rented sector areas of concern.



After the speeches there will be a question and answer session followed by lunch and networking opportunities. There will be a number of stalls from key partners at the event, including West Yorkshire Fire Service, welfare and benefits team from Leeds City Council, Leeds Empties and Energy Efficiency advisory teams, Housing Options, Unipol, RLA and Leeds Landlord Accreditation Scheme.



There has already been a lot of interest in the event, and anyone wanting to register for the event should contact Rebecca.smith@leeds.gov.uk



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



“This conference will allow us to bring the city’s landlords together to discuss issues currently affecting the sector and also the positives moving forward.



“We know how important the rented sector has become over recent years and we have real ambitions for the quality of the private sector, and the possibility offered to us through bringing empty properties back into use. This can only be achieved by real partnership and by working together.



“As a council we have spent £750m bringing our own homes up to decent homes standard and have a thriving Housing Association presence in the city. Yet we have parts of the private rented sector that provide accommodation below acceptable standards. The majority of our landlords are accredited and provide good quality homes but we want to ensure this reputation is not tarnished by others.



“These initiatives demonstrate that we have listened to landlord’s views, that we will take action to improve standards and that we will reduce the number of empty properties.”



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For media enquiries, please contact;

Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk