Leeds City Council urges selective licensing applications

Article Posted -
25 Oct 2019

Leeds City Council is urging landlords with properties within the selective licensing areas of Beeston and Harehills, which received the formal designation on 18 July 2019, to submit their applications. The deadline for landlords to submit applications is 6 January 2020.

The consultation period for both areas was held between 1 August to 31 August 2019 and in total the consultations attracted 421 responses from those that identified themselves as landlords/ managing agents. In Beeston, 94 percent of landlords and 100 percent of managing agents expressed opposition to the licensing scheme, which was similarly reflected in Harehills. The designated areas for Beeston and Harehills can be accessed here and here respectively.

The council website provides guidance for landlords relating to the parties that need to be informed when making an application for a licence. They include but are not limited to:

  • Anyone who manages your property
  • Your mortgage lender for the property to be licensed
  • Any other owners of the property
  • Anyone who would be bound by a condition in the licence

The licence fee will cost £825 for each property or unit of accommodation and for members of the Leeds rental standard there is a discount of £150 for each licence for licence holders and owners of the property. 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 (£250 for Leeds rental members).

What you can do

Landlords with properties in Beeston and Harehills are encouraged to submit applications at the earliest opportunity. Any queries regarding the process or the licensing scheme should be directed to selective.licensing@leeds.gov.uk or alternatively call the team on 0113 535 1369. FAQs and guidance notes are also available.

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