Leeds council houses return to local authority

Council flats in Leeds The decision follows a consultation with council house tenants across the city

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Leeds City Council has taken back control of its council housing stock.

The council had agreed earlier this year to become the sole landlord for the city's 70,000 council tenants.

For the last 10 years the city's council homes have been run by three independent arm's-length management organisations (ALMOs).

The Labour-run authority said the decision followed a review of the service and a major consultation with council tenants.

Staff working for the three ALMOs would transfer to the city council.

Councillor Peter Gruen, executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said: "The new service will offer greater consistency across the city and investment in areas where it is most needed.

"We will off course keep all tenants up to date with any new changes to the housing service, but for now all contact details remain the same should they have any questions."

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