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Views sought on Newport Landlord Licensing scheme

Views are being sought on a scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector in central Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Council wants to hear from local residents, private landlords, businesses and any other interested parties on the proposed Selective Landlord Licensing Area in part of Newport ward.

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 landlords will be required to have a plan in place to tackle anti-social tenants.

Consultation on the proposals runs from Monday, November 12 to Monday, January 28, with a final decision due to be taken after all responses have been fully considered.

Councillor Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Communities, said: “We’ve successfully run a Selective Landlord Licensing Area elsewhere in the town, and it’s proved a huge success.

“It’s all about ensuring tenants have housing that meets certain standards, and protection against unscrupulous landlords through appropriate monitoring and regulation.

“These schemes actively improve standards of property management in the private rented sector and can contribute to improved social and economic conditions.”

Consultation questionnaires are available to download via the Council’s website or to collect at the Civic Centre, Town Hall, Middlesbrough House or Newport Hub, St Pauls Road, Middlesbrough TS1 5NQ.

Views on the proposals can also be sent by email to licensing-consultation@middlesbrough.gov.uk or call 01642 728100, 729154 or 354150.