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Community reminded to give thoughts on licensing scheme

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The North Ormesby community is being reminded of the ongoing consultation for the re-designation of a scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector.

The Selective Landlord Licensing scheme has been running in North Ormesby for almost five years and has led to great improvements to the area.

Middlesbrough Council wants to hear from local residents, private landlords, businesses and any other interested parties on the proposed re-designation of Selective Landlord Licensing in North Ormesby ward. The aim is to make sure these improvements continue and make sure the scheme carries on.

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 until Monday, December 7,12 noon with a final decision due to be taken after all responses have been fully considered.

Information about the scheme, including the full proposal, can be found on the Council website

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 or call 01642 728100.

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