Leeds City Council and the city’s landlords to come together to provide quality affordable housing

Civic bosses and leading names in the Leeds property industry are joining forces to make this year’s Landlords’ Conference the best ever.

While places are already going fast for the November conference, organisers are keen to encourage all Leeds landlords to come along and take advantage of this opportunity to hear how Leeds City Council is working with landlords in the private rented sector to meet the growing need for affordable high quality homes.

The event will feature contributions from Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Councillor Peter Gruen, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel and Andrew Bulmer, UK Residential Director at Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors. There will be the chance to meet with senior councillors and officers from the council; to ask questions; as well as to discuss current issues affecting the private rented sector.

Attendees can also make the most of expertise from organisations such as Leeds Empties and the Empty Homes Doctor; Leeds City Council revenue and benefits team and locality teams; Residential Landlords Association and Leeds Landlords Accreditation Scheme; the National Landlords Association; Unipol and Housing Options. A range of specialist suppliers will also attend.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Personnel, said:

“This is a great opportunity for anyone who either rents out a property or is thinking of doing so to discuss the important issues facing the private rented sector.

“We have had great feedback from our previous events and this year’s conference looks as though it will be the best yet, with more stalls, more information and even better chances to build networks and find out useful information. We want Leeds landlords to be the best, so I hope as many as possible take the chance to make use of the day.”

The conference is for all Leeds landlords, with a small or large portfolio, including those new to the sector.

Head of Housing Partnerships, John Statham, said:

“We know that some people become landlords almost by accident, for instance after moving house or inheriting a property. They tend to be less aware of the regulation and legislation involved or have less time to spend making the most of being a landlord. This will be great chance for them to meet like-minded people, to get specialist advice and support and protect themselves from potential pitfalls. They will have the opportunity discuss a wide range of issues and share best practice within the sector and with the key partners attending”

The organisers are also keen to hear from businesses related to the private rented sector. Property maintenance companies and suppliers of goods required in the home who would like to have a stall at the event, such as kitchen suppliers, electricians and plumbers, as well as other maintenance and building suppliers, should email PSH@leeds.gov.uk for more information.


Notes for editors:

• The event will be held on 13th November 2014, at Pudsey Civic Hall, 8.45am – 2pm

• Landlords wanting to attend the speeches must book a place as there is limited space – they can do this by contacting: PSH@leeds.gov.uk

• The event is free (including free parking, with lunch and refreshments free to those people attending all day.)

• There will be a Q&A session. The panel will include the speakers as well as other professionals in the sector

• It is anticipated there will be in the region of 50 stalls available on the day.

• This year event provides be the opportunity for guests to ‘drop-in’ throughout the day to view the stalls section only.

Issued by:

Phil Morcom

Communications and Marketing team

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3602

Fax: 0113 247 4736