28
July
2014
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00:00
Europe/London

Quality tenant payback from Leeds City Council





Leeds
housing tenants are to be on the receiving end of a bold initiative from Leeds
City Council as new homes are targeted to tenants with good tenancy records and
local connections.





Councillor Peter Gruen,
executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and
personnel,
said:






“It
is only right that new homes go to people who will look after them.






“We will let three quarters of the new flats and houses we
are delivering in Beeston Hill and Holbeck to council tenants who already live
in local wards. The remaining quarter will be let to people with a local
connection who are in employment; training as a keyworker, or living in high
rise flats with children. We’ll also prioritise overcrowded households and
members or former members of the armed forces and their partners.






“The
council’s new letting policy means only letting these new homes to people who have
an excellent tenancy record. Applicants being considered can expect the council
to visit their home and carry out an inspection of their property – both inside
and outside – to ensure the criterion for allocations is being met.”






Notes for
editors:






Interested
applicants must have an application registered the Leeds Homes Register and bid
for the property when advertised by Leeds Homes. Those who have applied to
Leeds Homes can check their application is still active.






To
find out more visit www.leeds.gov.uk/buildinghomes






Ends






For media enquiries, please contact:






Phil Morcom



Communications
and Marketing team, Leeds City Council,






Tel:
0113 395 0244


Fax:
0113 247 4736



www.leeds.gov.uk