Monday, 21 October 2013

Leeds landlords to come together in commitment to provide quality affordable housing

A conference aimed at bringing together all landlords across Leeds is taking place on the 21st of November 2013.

How to bring affordable and high quality homes to the city will be top of the agenda at the free
event at Pudsey Civic Hall, which will run from 9am to 2pm and will engage with landlords regarding all current issues affecting them.

There will be speeches from three key speakers – Councillor Peter Gruen, executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services at Leeds City Council, Hannah Gousy, policy officer from Shelter, and Alan Ward, chairman of the Residential Landlords Association (RLA). The main themes that will be covered on the day will involve policy, national and local issues, empty properties, and general private rented sector areas of concern.

After the speeches there will be a question and answer session followed by a free lunch and networking opportunities. There will be a number of stalls from key partners at the event, including West Yorkshire Fire Service, welfare and benefits team from Leeds City Council, Leeds Empties and Energy Efficiency advisory teams, Housing Options, Unipol, RLA and Leeds Landlord Accreditation Scheme.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, housing and support services said:

“It is important that we try and bring all our city’s landlords together to discuss the important issues affecting the private rented sector.

“Private rented accommodation has become very important in recent years, and as part of our ambition to become the best city to live in, we want to make sure as a city we are providing high quality housing.

“This conference will offer landlords the opportunity to discuss a wide range of issues and share best practice within the sector and with the key partners attending. I would encourage people to sign up and register their interest as soon as possible.”

To register your interest in the event email


For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

Elect how to register for voting in Leeds

People in Leeds are being reminded to make sure they are on the electoral register by November in time to vote in the local and European elections in May 2014.

In total 340,000 registration forms have been sent out to all households in the city and details should be confirmed with Leeds City Council by November 1 to ensure everyone eligible to vote can do so.

If there are no changes to your details you can let the council know by text message, online or by calling a special Freephone number. Forms may also be returned free by post in the pre-paid envelope provided, although the council will save 17p for every household that uses internet, Freephone or text registration instead.

Susanna Benton, electoral services manager, Leeds City Council, said:
“It is essential to ensure you’re registered in time to be able to vote and it really helps us to keep costs to a minimum if people can respond via text or online if their details are unchanged.”

Doing this on time will also save the council further costs in sending out reminders by post or following up with visits to homes to check details, as required by law.

People with no changes should email , call Freephone 0808 284 1450, text 07786 209 350 or visit to confirm this.
If you have further queries you can call the LCC elections helpline on 0113 222 4411. It is open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

For media enquiries please contact:
Donna Cox, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 224 3335