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Campaigners demand council introduce city-wide licensing

Activists in the Acorn campaign group are lobbying a council in a bid to - in its words - “ban slum landlords.

The campaigners have handed a letter to Leeds council’s housing chiefs demanding city-wide licensing for all private rental sectors landlords.

Acorn says: “You need a licence to cut hair, you need a licence to look after dogs, but you don’t need a licence to house people. We don’t think that’s right and we’re demanding that Leeds City Council ban slum landlords by implementing landlord licensing across our city.”


The activists claim landlord licencing would enable the council to set standards for the condition of properties, clamp down on health and safety abuses, raise the ratings of Energy Performance Certificates, and ensure the fitting of carbon monoxide alarms.

“The result is fewer slum landlords and safer, better quality housing for renters” says Acorn, which wants an all-city extension to the existing licensing regime which operates in a small part of inner city Leeds covering 6,500 rented properties> Landlords pay £825 for a five-year landlord licence.

Acorn goes on: “Private tenants are familiar with the problems of private rents – mould, damp, stolen deposits, astronomical up-front costs, persistent disrepair, unaffordable cost, and little insulation

“Poor quality housing has a massive impact on the quality of life and wellbeing of tenants.

“Alongside poor conditions and unaffordability, private tenancies are fundamentally insecure and short term.

“There is a fundamental imbalance of power in the landlord-tenant relationship.”

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    How about a licence to be a campaign group?

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    Acorn making unsubstantiated criticisms. Of course what they want is to be given the property, and this is harassment to achieve that .

  • girish mehta

    Why license landlords. Money making for councils . Introduce house mot or still better Tenant to lodge inventory report to council, council to pick up any housing issues. It will lead to higher rents in the long run. The government will have to increase housing allowance. Not going to happen if expect landlords to provide these services for free.
    The government have failed to properly plan and provide proper housing for decades and it will only get worse


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