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Local authority ponders private landlord licensing scheme

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing, Regulation

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A local authority is proposing a consultation to find out if it needs to bring in a selective licensing scheme for private landlords.

If Oldham Council's cabinet approves the plan, the formal consultation would involve residents, private landlords, businesses and other stakeholders in 16 areas across the borough.

The aim of selective licensing is to improve the management of privately rented properties to ensure they have a positive impact on an area.

The proposed scheme created would see all of the private landlords with residential property within a proposed area applying for a license for every home they let.

In order to become a license holder, a landlord would have to be a "fit and proper person".

The council would then be able to apply various conditions to the licences which would enable it to easily challenge standards and management practices of properties and tenants, as well as instances of anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, cabinet member for environment and housing, said: “The vast majority of private landlords who rent out properties in these areas operate within the law and look after their tenants.

“If approved a formal consultation would allow us to see if all parties think a selective licensing scheme would be appropriate.

“We anticipate that a landlord’s participation in this scheme would be regarded as an indication that they are offering a good, quality service to their clients

“Any scheme would mean landlords and tenants have to act responsibly or face possible action from the council – stopping the mindless few who may be causing problems.”

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