Landlord Guide: The Mass Student Exodus

01/06/2012

We have now entered into student changeover period! Between now until the middle of July, the tenancies on student accommodation in Leeds will come to an end.

Landlords with student property to rent in Headingley, Hyde Park, and Burley are best poised to witness the tremendous upheaval as the colossal herd of students splits up, returning to their old feeding grounds. All that is missing is narration by David Attenborough.

However, as anyone who has witnessed the aftermath of a sunny day on Woodhouse Moor can tell you, students are notorious litterbugs. Student houses in Leeds, particularly at the end of the tenancy, are filled with garbage. When they leave, this garbage has to go somewhere. Student occupiers are requested to put their domestic waste out for collection on the correct day, which, for the majority, is something they manage to get right.

But over the years it has proven to be the non-domestic waste, such as mattresses, bed bases, furniture, and waste from house renovations, that have been fly-tipped in the street that causes the council the most grief. As a result, the mass exodus of the student community in Leeds puts a strain on local services, which can have a knock-on disruption for local residents.

Landlords can help ease the strain by asking their tenants to dispose of their waste responsibly. Kirkstall household waste sorting site on Evanston Avenue is where you need to send these would-be fly-tippers! Its opening hours Monday to Friday are 08:00 - 15:30hrs, and Saturdays 08:00 - 12:00hrs. With this knowledge, they will have one less excuse!

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As a deterrent, council officers will be carrying out patrols together with the police during the student changeover period. Enforcement action will be taken if offences are witnessed. But it's not all scare tactics and a whip-hand to beat students into conformity! Leeds City Council is targeting the occupiers of student accommodation in Headingley, Hyde Park, and Burley to educate on properly disposing of household waste and on recycling rubbish.

Using a Facebook and Twitter campaign called 'Sort it Bin it Win it', they hope to promote responsible waste disposal through positive incentives, including prizes such as tickets for Leeds Festival and various other events. In order to have a chance of winning, all the students have to do is like the campaign's Facebook page and be living in either Headingley, Hyde Park, or Burley.

You could also get involved with the award-winning Green Streets initiative, a student-led volunteering project dedicated to reducing the amount of unwanted, reusable items that end up in landfill. So far they have salvaged 50 tonnes of reusable items! Green Streets will be delivering red collection bags to every house in the high-student areas between Leeds Met Headingley Campus and Leeds Met Student Union. They will be collected between 09:00 - 09:30am on every Saturday between June 2 and June 30, except June 9. One final collection will take place on Sunday, July 1.

For more information on how to have your tenants exit their student accomodation in Leeds without the streets becoming something out of a post-apocalyptic disaster film, check out www.leaveleedstidy.com.

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