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Privately rented property - a guide for tenants

Find out about privately rented properties, what's available and how you can apply.

If you are looking for private rented accommodation in Leeds, there is a large private rented sector, with a variety of property types and sizes across most areas of the city.

Why rent with a private landlord when I want a council house?
Many people find that private renting is a positive way to solve their housing needs. It can be a very quick way to get your own home.  We have a private sector lettings scheme which has access to a large selection of properties available across Leeds and is intended to help households that cannot afford the deposit needed to secure privately rented accommodation and are homeless or threatened with homelessness.  No deposit or first month's rent is required under the scheme.

We check to see that landlords wishing to join the private sector letting scheme are either existing members of the Leeds Landlords' Accreditation Scheme or give a commitment to become a member of LLAS within 3 months from the date of joining the private sector letting scheme. Check to see if your landlord is a member by clicking on the external link on this page.

If you are interested in the scheme please contact us and we will arrange a telephone or face to face assessment with you to see if you are eligible.  We can also help you to complete a Housing Benefit claim if required.

I have never rented a private property before, how does it work?
We inspect every property to ensure:

  • it is in good condition
  • it is safe from hazards
  • it meets fire regulations
  • it has had gas and electrical appliances checked and up to date certificates to prove this.

How do I find out which properties are available?
Once you are registered you can find out which properties are available by contacting us on 0113 222 4412 or go to the email link in Contact us on this page, and fill in the online form.

We can tell you about suitable available properties and arrange a viewing for you.  You can find out more about standards of private accommodation in the related pages.