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Labour council introduces £850 licensing scheme

Labour-run Leeds city council is introducing a licensing scheme which requires landlords to pay up to £825 per property.

The deadline for landlords to submit applications is January 6.

In a consultation over the summer period there were some 421 responses from landlords and agents. Around 94 per cent of landlords opposed the scheme and all 100 per cent of agents were in opposition.


Even so, the scheme has gone ahead.

The council states that the “licensing fee structure has been split to reflect the precedence of recent case law, with £425 due when the application is submitted and £400 if the application is successful.”

There is a reduction for members of a local scheme.

  • jeremy clarke

    Ah, democracy in action! Ask the people so that the box has been ticked, then, totally ignore them!

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    Exactly the same in Manchester. Just the fee is £200 cheaper! Think of a number and double it. Great accounting also!!

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    It is a tax. No ifs or buts. It has no value to any body at the property, owner or resident. Stop calling it a licence.


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