Selective Licensing – Leeds

Selective Licensing in Cross Green and East End Park

Leeds introduced selective licensing of privately rented properties in Cross Green and East End Park in October 2009. The aim of the scheme is to improve living conditions for residents and the surrounding community.
In the selective licensing area all private landlords must have a licence in order to let their properties. To date, they have issued over 500 licences. Landlords and managers who operate privately rented properties in the area and do not have a licence will be committing an offence and can be fined up to £20,000. The scheme works alongside existing action on homelessness, regeneration and anti-social behaviour to promote good property management. Leeds aim to reduce the number of empty properties in the area through working with partners and enforcement action where needed. They are also promising to help those with empty property find tenants.

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