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Landlord licensing: raising standards or a tenants tax?

As we reported recently, Leeds City Council is considering introducing mandatory licensing for private sector landlords in the Beeston Hill area. They have now announced three drop in sessions (see below) where you can find out more about the proposals and comment on them.

To Let: private rented housing in Beeston Hill

But South Leeds Life has also been contacted by landlords opposed to the plans who say licensing could push up rents and reduce the numbers of options for tenants.

If implemented, the scheme will involve property inspections to make sure properties are being maintained, are safe and secure. The scheme will be paid for by a one off fee of £825 per property, paid by the landlord.

Maz Khan, who is campaigning against the scheme, told us:

“The proposed Scheme consists of excessive fee per property and exhaustive conditions outlined would place an onerous burden on owners and agents and drive up rents in what is already poor parts of Leeds, effectively becoming a tenant tax.”

He said that landlords are being required to police anti-social behaviour and that he is aware of landlords that will sell their properties if the scheme is introduced, reducing the number of properties available to rent.

You can find out more about the Council’s plans and comment on them at www.leeds.gov.uk/selectivelicensing.

Three drop in sessions have been organised where you can find more details about Selective Licensing and discuss the proposals with Council officers:

Wednesday 19 September 3pm – 8pm
Hamara Healthy Living Centre, Tempest Road, LS11 6RD

Thursday 27 September 3pm – 7:30pm
Hillside, Beeston Road, LS11 8ND

Monday 1 October 3pm – 8pm
Vale Circles, 12 Tunstall Road, LS11 5JF

The Say No To Selective Licensing website sets out arguments against the scheme.

Cllr Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, said:

“A priority for the council is to improve the quality of housing across the city and make sure private rented homes are well managed by landlords. This is why we’re considering introducing selective licensing in parts of Beeston and Harehills.

“We really want to hear your views on these selective licensing proposals and want as many people as possible to have their say.”

 

 

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I've lived in Beeston in South Leeds since 1984 and I love the area. I am involved in various community activities including Beeston Festival. I have been involved with the South Leeds Life Group since it started in 2010.

6 Comments on "Landlord licensing: raising standards or a tenants tax?"

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  1. Dan Shiraz says:

    It is a massive tenant tax, NO funds to improve area (unlike Cross Green), trying to force tenants to live under social control by Leeds City Council.

    There will be higher rents, more evictions and areas being slum labelled. All whilst council picks up a cool £5million+

    • Alaric Hall says:

      When you say ‘the Council picks up a cool £5million+’, we might also say ‘taxpayers pick up a cool £5million+’, which doesn’t sound like such a bad deal to me as a taxpayer.

      And if it leads to improved properties in the area, then it will also improve the area as a whole, surely?

  2. Saeed says:

    When you read the council’s reasons it’s easy to see that none of them apply to the property. This failed in Cross Green & was scrapped after 2 years. The council injected funds which it will not do here. The tax is to be used to fund it’s officers & other schemes. Ultimately each landlord will have to pay over £1000. This money can only come from increased rents. So the council in its infinite wisdom of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut will hurt the poorest tenants with increased rents & very little effect on where they live. Briiliant idea.

  3. Shoukat nazir says:

    Already lcc has made a hash of herehills road works ,it’s a nightmare for drivers ,ambulances ,buses and trucks and now they are about to finish off the housing market ,landlords will av to evict tenants by force or raise rents 50 percent up. ,they r killing landlord right ,it’s shame on lcc.

  4. Alaric Hall says:

    I’d be interested to know if the people posting to oppose this scheme are landlords or tenants… I share the worries that the licensing might wind up being a ‘tenant tax’ or leading to a black market. But there’s no question that lots of the housing in our area is absolutely appalling, so I think something has to be done.

  5. Paul Wray says:

    I’d like to stress no decision has been made as to whether this will go ahead and the consultation team are very eager to get as much feedback as possible, from as wide a group as possible.

    Just to be clear on the costs. If after the consultation, the business case is made and the Councils Executive Board accepts the proposals as currently set out. The 5-year licence for those who currently don’t have a HMO licence, will cost a landlord an extra £165 per year (£13.75 a month). This is hardly excessive and well within most landlord’s ability to absorb without passing on to tenant.

    I’d suggest people read the full FAQ as there is quite a bit of miss-information out there and if people do have question, they can contact the consultation team who are happy to chat.

    https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Selective%20Licensing%20Frequently%20Asked%20Questions.pdf

    But please, give your feedback. Nothing has been decided. Your views do matter and can made a difference.

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