Private rented sector news

Private rented sector news – 24th May 2018

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‘Disgraceful’ Leeds landlord fined £14,000

Court brands Leeds private landlord’s property a ‘disgrace’


Extension of mandatory HMO licensing

You will need to apply for a HMO licence before 1-10-2018 for any HMO occupied by five or more people. Please use the existing licence application form.


HMO licensing prosecutions 2018

We are visiting unlicensed properties and anyone who hasn’t renewed their HMO licence will face prosecution or a civil penalty. If you operate a licensable HMO (including managing agents) check our live licences. If the property you operate isn’t on the list…you’re not licensed.

HMO licensing information


Leeds University & UNIPOL - rate your landlord awards - May 2018

Congratulations to the winners! Read the landlord reviews.


‘Rogue landlords making millions from housing benefits’

Read the article on Guardian.com


Property auction dates – 2018

5th June 2018 - Eddisons
11th July 2018 – Auction House

Remember – if you’re buying converted terraced properties to rent as flats with a ‘high yield’ promise - then there might be a catch! Such properties may be illegally over-developed (and already the subject of enforcement by LCC). We’re available on the contacts below to discuss the principles associated with conversions and the law relating to amenities and size. Be careful - don’t get caught out!


Gas safety certification made easier for landlords

Read about the changes which came in to effect on 1 April.


Student changeover – unwanted household items

Make sure you engage with organisations who will take away household items for charity re-sale.

Read more about getting rid of unwanted items.


Fitness for human habitation bill

Bill amending Landlord and Tenant Act 85 so that PR accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation.

Read more about the bill on GOV.UK


Government to launch review of carbon monoxide alarms

Read more about the bill on GOV.UK


New Leeds City Council PRS tenants’ handbook

Read the new handbook


Tenant fees bill

Government’s approach to banning letting fees paid by tenants in the private rented sector.

Read more on GOV.UK


Leeds Rental Standard

Find out the benefits of being in the LRS including fee discounts on licence applications


..and finally..

Plans submitted to protect Oxford’s ‘shark house’ for future generations

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NAPIT Presentation part 1https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/NAPIT Presentation part 1.ppt3966976ppt
NAPIT Presentation part 2https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/NAPIT Presentation part 2.ppt5890560ppt
Residential Landlords Association Presentationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Residential Landlords Association Presentation.ppt570880ppt
Unipol Presentationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Unipol Presentation.ppt5830656ppt
Universal Credit Full Service Presentationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Universal Credit Full Service Presentation.ppt2952704ppt
Briefing for council lettingshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/briefing for council lettings.doc64000doc

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