Housing challenge at private landlords’ conference
Private landlords from across Leeds are to come together with the council at a conference to look at ways of ensuring people have access to affordable homes.
The conference has been organised by Leeds Council to look at the challenges currently facing private landlords and tenants.
Top of the agenda at the conference will be a discussion on tackling the number of empty properties across the city.
In the latest count, there were 15,883 empty properties in Leeds – which is just under 5 per cent of the city’s housing stock – and more than 28,000 people on the council waiting list.
Peter Gruen, Leeds Council member for neighbourhoods and housing, said: ‘With demand for housing in the city becoming greater, we need to work with landlords across the city to ensure that we offering good standards of accommodation and can successfully accommodate the demand.
‘As a city we do have a number of empty properties, and this is something we need to address by turning them around and being able to move people in sooner rather than later, this will radically help us address the 28,000 people awaiting council housing.
‘The housing agenda is an area where we recognise that the private sector will play a pivotal role in the future, particularly in the delivery of new homes, where public investment is likely to be limited.
‘Through bringing landlords together it will be an opportunity to discuss best practice and where we can move to in the future.’
The conference is taking place at The Carriageworks on Millennium Square on Friday 18 November.