LAnd­lords feAr new rules will see fAm­i­lies evicted

City coun­cil tries to calm wor­ries over new se­lec­tive li­cens­ing rules

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy joel.lamy@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Land­lords fear they will have to evict fam­i­lies due to new leg­is­la­tion in­tro­duced by Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil to im­prove the rental sec­tor. Rules gov­ern­ing how many adults and chil­dren can sleep in a roomhave­beentight­ened un­der se­lec­tive li­cens­ing, to the dis­may of land­lords.

Land­lords in the nine af­fected wards now have un­til De­cem­ber to ap­ply for a licence for each of their prop­er­ties to prove that they are safe for ten­ants.

But Azar Hus­sain said he is con­cerned he might have to evict a fam­ily of five liv­ing in a three­bed­room­semi-de­tached house in Cen­tral ward which he lets out.

That is be­cause a 15-year- old boysleeps in aroomwhich only a child (clas­si­fied as nine or un­der) can live in.

He said: “I can see what the coun­cil are try­ing to do as there are some­land­lords who shoe any­one in their prop­er­ties, but this is the wrong way to go about it.

“It’s go­ing to ex­ac­er­bate the prob­lem with the hous­ing wait­ing list.”

Anees Ahmed, di­rec­tor at The Let­tings Shop, said: “We have 15-20 prop­er­ties where we would have to send them a no­tice.

“Thisaf­fect­s­land­lordswho are meet­ing obli­ga­tions any­way, but the ones they are try­ing to catch will avoid pay­ing for the licence.”

Umar Faghir, business man­ager at Ad­vance Ac­com­mo­da­tion, said se­lec­tive li­cens­ing will make it “more dif­fi­cult to rent out prop­er­ties.”

Coun­cil­lor Mo­hammed Nadeem, mem­ber for Cen­tral ward, said: “The last thing we want is adding more fam­i­lies to the hous­ing wait­ing list when the list is al­ready at break­ing point.”

Gary Goose, head of com­mu­nity ser­vices for the coun­cil, said: “Un­less a prop­erty was­found­tobe­se­ri­ous­ly­over­crowded, we would not im­pose the con­di­tion re­lat­ing to room sizes dur­ing an ex­ist­ing ten­ancy. How­ever, once the prop­erty was re-let we would ex­pect the land­lord to ad­here to the con­di­tions.

“Hous­ing is in great de­mand in Peter­bor­ough and only as an ab­so­lute last re­sort, where­aprop­erty can­not be lived in or made suit­able, would we pro­hibit its use.” A man has been f i ned £1,000 and or­dered to pay costs of the same amount af­ter­plead­ing­guilty­toselling coun­ter­feit and il­le­gal cig­a­rettes and to­bacco. Mo­hammedin Ak­bari of Euromix Food Store, 256 Lin­coln Road, pleaded guilty to nine charges at Peter­bor­oughMag­is­trates’ Court. The of­fences in­cluded the sale of coun­ter­feit cig­a­rettes and to­bacco and in­cor­rect la­belling which­did not con­form to UK stan­dards. The charges fol­low a trad­ing stan­dards and Cam­bridgeshire po­lice seizure on Jan­uary 1 4 and on March 16. At the court hear­ing, Ak­bari was fined £1,000 and or­dered to pay £900 costs and a £100 vic­tim­sur­charge­foro­ne­ofthe trade mark of­fences.

A room which Azar Hus­sain says only some­body un­der 10 could live in

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