James Thomas Macken, 53, is charged with the murder of 32-year-old Daniel Jeffrey.
Mr Jeffrey was found dead at Macken's flat on Balmoral Place, Bowman Lane, near to the Royal Armouries, on Monday April 13 this year.
Macken appeared before the court via a video link from Armley jail.
Macken spoke only to confirm his name and did not enter a plea to the charge during the brief hearing.
The defendant will next appear before the court on July 14 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.
A provisional trial date was set for November 16.
No application for bail was made and Macken was told he will have to remain in custody until the next hearing.
A 53-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of selling drugs following the discovery of Mr Jeffrey's body and was later released on bail.
West Yorkshire Police were called to the flat by the ambulance service at about 3.45pm on April 13.
An investigation was launched as the death was treated as unexplained.