Selec­tive li­cens­ing gets ap­proval from the Gov­ern­ment

Hous­ing

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

A new li­cens­ing scheme drawn up by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil which will tackle rogue land­lords has been given the go-ahead by the Gov­ern­ment.

Selec­tive li­cens­ing will be in­tro­duced in parts of the city where there are high lev­els of pri­vately rented ac­com­mo­da­tion.

All pri­vate land­lordswith res­i­den­tial prop­erty in the des­ig­nated ar­eas now have un­til De­cem­ber 1, when the scheme is in­tro­duced, to ap­ply for a li­cence for each of their prop­er­ties. Fail­ure to do so would re­sult in en­force­ment ac­tion be­ing taken which could lead to an un­lim­ited fine.

Selec­tive li­cens­ing will ap­ply in the fol­low­ing wards: Cen­tral, North, Park, East, Flet­ton, Wood­ston, Stan­ground Cen­tral, Bret­ton North and part of Or­ton Longueville.

Coun­cil­lor Irene Walsh, cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties and en­vi­ron­ment cap­i­tal at the coun­cil, said: “The in­tro­duc­tion of selec- tive li­cens­ing will al­low us to have a more­ac­tive role in en­sur­ing all pri­vate ten­ants are able to live in hous­ing that is safe, ofhigh­stan­dard, ap­pro­pri­ately man­aged and of­fers ap­pro­pri­ate ten­ancy pro­tec­tion.”

Land­lords who ap­ply for their li­cences be­tween Septem­ber 1, 2016 and Novem­ber 30, 2016 will be charged £50 for a li­cence per dwelling if they are ac­cred­ited with a na­tion­ally recog­nised or­gan­i­sa­tion or if the prop­erty is man­aged through an agent reg­is­tered with the As­so­ci­a­tion of Res­i­den­tial Let­ting Agents.

Land­lords with­out ac­cred­i­ta­tion will be charged £600 per prop­erty for a sin­gle let prop­erty or £750 for a house in mul­ti­ple oc­cu­pa­tion. Land­lords who fail to reg­is­ter their prop­erty by De­cem­ber 1 will be charged £900.

Li­cence hold­ers found to be in breach of the li­cence con­di­tions could face a fine of up to £5,000 if suc­cess­fully pros­e­cuted.

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