30
March
2014
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Europe/London

Leeds brings homes back to life


As part of Leeds City Council’s commitment to the city being the best city to live, six former right to buy properties which have been left empty are being brought back into use and offered on secure tenancies at a social rent.



The council is planning to acquire more private properties which have been left for more than six months, with the aim of refurbishing and letting them as council housing. As well as empty housing, two empty community centres are also planned to be converted to let as council housing.



The work is part of Leeds City Council’s wider council house growth programme that will also see the council building a significant number of new homes for the first time in decades, with council housing stock increasing by more than a thousand new homes.



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



“We’re determined to make progress with getting affordable, decent accommodation available in the city. This represents the beginning of a long journey to get the amount of housing that the city needs, and I’m delighted we will soon have these properties available for people in the city to use.”



“Overall £2 million being invested will be delivered with a mixture of the HCA funding and from the council’s Housing Revenue Account.”





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Notes for editors:



The properties involved have been empty for more than six months. All properties will be let as secure tenancies on a social rent. Six offers have now been accepted the acquisitions will be completed by the Council and then refurbishment work will commence, with the properties then to be let as council housing. Further properties will be developed as they become available and necessary legal processes are completed.



Issued by:

Phil Morcom



Communications and Marketing team

Leeds City Council

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