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Holbeck Landlords Forum Seeks to Improve Standards

March 7, 2015 | Landlord News  

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A landlords forum was held last week in Holbeck, the first of its kind in the area, where local private landlords were invited to have their say on housing, and to discuss how they can work together to improve the community.

The forum, organised by Leeds City Council, was also attended by representatives from housing associations, West Yorkshire Police, WY Fire and Rescue Service, landlord associations, resident associations, as well as the local ward councillors.

The council shared its plans for the introduction of the Leeds Neighbourhood Approach (LNA) in Holbeck, an initiative to work with landlords to bring empty homes back into use and improve housing standards across the city.

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The LNA was first launched in 2013, and has been successful in Armley and East Leeds. This, along with other schemes, has helped reduce the number of long-term empty properties in Leeds by 40% between 2010 and 2014.

Cllr Peter Gruen said: “We know the vital contribution that private sector landlords make to housing provision in Leeds and help with our ambition to make Leeds the best city in the country. This forum will give a voice to landlords in Holbeck.

“By attending the forum, landlords can have their say in how we can work together to; improve the area; protect and add value to their investments and make Holbeck an even better place to live in.”

The forum was well attended and positive. The passion of the landlords for their community impressed the ward councillors, who were hit with some challenging questions.

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