Leeds homeowners making hundreds of pounds by renting out driveways

Homeowners are making money by offering a cheaper alternative to city centre parking
Homeowners are making money by offering a cheaper alternative to city centre parking
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Hundreds of savvy homeowners in Leeds are making extra cash by renting out their driveways and parking spaces to shoppers and commuters.

Residents can pocket hundreds of pounds a year by offering their spots as a cheaper alternative to city centre parking bays and multi-storeys.

One company, Just Park, which helps people make cash from parking, said it had 203 householders in Leeds – providing a total of 333 spaces – on its books.

David Adsetts, a paralegal, said he decided to rent out his driveway in Woodhouse – five minutes from Leeds University – after seeing an item on television about people making money from the scheme.

He said he charged £3 a day for his space and had some customers who had booked out the spot for months at a time.

“From my point of view, it’s money for nothing,” he said. “It’s absolutely no effort on my part.”

People booking his space online have to sign a disclaimer agreeing that he will not be held responsible for any damage or break-ins.

“It’s totally hassle-free,” Mr Adsetts added.

Emma Barnes, 25, makes an average of £60 a month by renting out her parking space at Saxton Gardens near the city centre.

She said: “If you have a parking space that you don’t need, I would definitely recommend doing it.”

Just Park said Leeds had the second most expensive public parking spaces in the north of England and the ninth most expensive in the UK. It said its customers in Leeds made a total of more than £5,000 a year by renting out their spaces.

A spokesman said: “Expensive and hard-to-find parking in Leeds has prompted a growing trend of homeowners making a second income by renting out their parking spaces to visitors, commuters and shoppers.”