Leeds landlords given marks by students

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The best student landlords have been recognised with an awards ceremony held by one of the city’s universities and a student housing charity.

‘Rate Your Landlord’ gives students the chance to talk about renting in Leeds so that others can learn from their experiences in what can often be a daunting process.

Organised by the Leeds University Union together with Unipol, it is an open forum for tenants to have their say and for landlords to respond to their comments and questions.

The awards were then judged solely on the number of positive student reviews the landlord or letting agent received, based on factors such as customer service, safety and security and value for money.

The highest score for a single property went to George and Gill Tee while Sue Michaels from Leeds Student Homes won big, receiving an award for a highly-rated 10 properties as well as the most prestigious award of the evening – Landlord of the Year 2017.

The Community Officer at Leeds University Union, Jamie Ali, said: “Rate Your Landlord has proved a successful tool to help students look for a home as well as to hold landlords to account.

“The awards are judged solely on student feedback so they’re a great achievement and something all landlords should aspire to receive.”

Other awards went to:

Highest score for two to nine properties reviewed, Elizabeth Anne Blakeborough; Best Purpose Built Provider, Kexgill; Best Purpose Built building, Thornville Court (Kexgill); Best Managing Agent, Ashfield Properties (Leeds) Ltd; Most Improved Score, Danny Cohen.

Leeds University Union promotes the campaign throughout the year and especially in the house-hunting season to encourage students to make informed decisions about who to rent with.

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