Tag : landlords

Properties, penny-pinching and pigeons: one man’s plight

11 months ago / 0 comments

Landlords can be cruel. Especially those puppeteering the lucrative student property business in Leeds. Pulling all the strings from their position of power, tweaking penniless undergrad underlings; a few years in student housing will teach you that anything goes. When it comes to maintenance, there’s a general rule: If you … Read More

Your House Hunting Worries, Debunked

1 year ago / 0 comments

House hunting can be stressful, especially if it’s your first time. Rumours are already starting to get around which might be making you anxious about looking for somewhere to live. As someone that’s done house hunting in Leeds three years running, LUU Community Officer, George Bissett, can offer an insight … Read More

Campus Watch: Students take landlords to court – and win

2 years ago / 0 comments

A group of students at the University of Bristol successfully sued their landlord for unreasonably taking money from their rental deposit. The six students received a letter from their letting agency informing them that nearly £800 would be deducted from their deposit due to a repaint of the house and … Read More

Students Fight for Tenant’s Rights

3 years ago / 0 comments

Two notions aimed at tenants in student housing have been put forward for debate at the Student Forum in a few weeks’ time. It has been proposed that Leeds University Union should lobby landlords to remove holding deposits, charges incurred to reserve a property and take it off the market … Read More

Union warning after landlords dodge deposits

4 years ago / 0 comments

The Union has warned of landlords who fail to inform students of money taken from their deposits after a letting agency was suspended from the Unipol Code. A tribunal in June found UK Pads had withdrawn from the deposits of students living on Royal Park Grove, but told them only … Read More

iForHomes suspended from Unipol

4 years ago / 0 comments

Leeds letting agency iFor Homes has been suspended from Unipol this summer following a housing tribunal. An inspector found tenants on Hyde Terrace were living in ‘such a condition that it should not be occupied’. The tribunal in June heard one student had to sleep on the sofa as water … Read More

Landlords fined £8,000 for illegal rents

4 years ago / 0 comments

Two student landlords have been fined £8,000 each this summer for letting properties illegally. Mohammed and Amaad Afzal failed to obtain Houses of Multiple Occupation licences for their student lets on Regent Terrace and Estcourt Avenue. Leeds City Council was alerted to the issue after tenants in one house complained … Read More

News | Landlords accused of 'incentivising' tactics in Union Awards

5 years ago / 0 comments

Large landlords have come under criticism after offering prizes to their tenants in exchange for nominations in the Leeds Landlord Awards. The prizes were offered over social media. One piece of marketing material posted to Twitter by Parklane Properties stated: “Vote for Parklane as ‘Large Landlord of the Year’ in … Read More

News | Unipol accredited landlords taken to tribunal

5 years ago / 0 comments

Three Unipol accredited landlords have been taken to a tribunal in the past year, LS can reveal. The offences included charging hidden fees and failure to provide tenancy documents. In February, Red Door Lets became the latest agency to be held to account. The agency, which describes itself as a … Read More

News | Brotherton still wasting electricity

5 years ago / 0 comments

Energy efficiency in the University has again below par, with the Brotherton Library’s energy rating being so poor it is off the chart. Following a recent LS investigation into energy efficiency in the Edward Boyle library, a new updated certificate is now on display. Despite the coverage, the Brotherton Library … Read More