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April
2013
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Europe/London

Leeds puts private property standards high on the agenda




A nationally recognised scheme that acknowledges good landlords in Leeds continues to grow with over 35,000 bedrooms now accredited in the city.



Leeds City Council’s Leeds Landlord Accreditation scheme (LLAS), acknowledges good property management standards for all types of private rented properties across the city.



The council’s scheme has just signed up its 15,000th bedroom, and together with Unipol, who accredit properties in the student sector; this means there are now in excess of 35,000 bedrooms covered by accreditation across Leeds.

Tenants seeking rental properties in Leeds are advised to look for properties and landlords covered by either the Accreditation Scheme (www.leedslas.co.uk ) or the Unipol Code (www.unipol.org.uk ). Alternatively, tenants can also check the Leeds Homes webpages.




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



“The private rented sector continues to grow in Leeds and we are keen to work with this sector to increase the supply, but most importantly the quality of housing available across the city.



“As a council we are focusing on bringing empty properties back into use as one of the many ways of improving the housing offer in the city. We have already invested significant resources in the private sector and are forming a new proactive team to tackle areas of concern.

“I would encourage landlords, current and new, to work with the Council and encourage them to join the LLAS which will enable them to benefit from a wealth of information to help improve their properties as well as a range of benefits and incentives.”



Landlords wanting more information about the Accreditation Scheme and how to become a member can visit the website www.leedslas.co.uk  



Notes to editors:



The LLAS was reviewed in 2001 and again in 2007 to continue to raise the standards in the private rented sector in Leeds. A further review of scheme standards is planned for 2013/14.





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