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Views sought on extended landlord licensing scheme in Newport

Development and regeneration

Wednesday, 03 January 2024
A man signing a tenancy agreement

Views are being sought on a scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector in part of Newport ward.

The Selective Landlord Licensing scheme has been running for a number of years in North Ormesby and Newport ward and has led to great improvements to the areas.

To make sure these improvements continue, Middlesbrough Council now wants to introduce a further scheme in Newport ward.

The authority wants to hear from local residents, private landlords, businesses and any other interested parties on the proposal.

The scheme aims to improve standards of property management in the private rented sector and, along with other measures, help bring about improved social and economic conditions.

Under the initiative all private rented properties must be licensed by the Council, with licence holders required to meet certain ‘fit and proper person’ criteria.

Licence conditions include proving that annual gas safety checks are carried out, as well as pre-tenancy reference checks and the provision of tenancy agreements.

In addition the landlord will have a plan in place to tackle anti-social tenants.

Consultation on the proposals runs from this week until noon on Tuesday, March 12, with a final decision due to be taken after all responses have been fully considered.

For more information on the scheme, including the full proposal, visit https://www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/SLLconsultation

Consultation questionnaires are available to complete online or download via the Council’s website.

Views on the proposals can also be sent by email to licensing_consultation@middlesbrough.gov.uk – call 01642 728100 for further information.