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Views sought on extended Newport landlord licensing scheme

Views are being sought on the designation of a scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector in part of Newport ward.

The Selective Landlord Licensing scheme has been running for a number of years in North Ormesby and part of Newport ward and has led to great improvements to the areas.

To make sure these improvements continue, Middlesbrough Council now wants to make a further designation incorporating more of Newport ward.

The authority wants to hear from local residents, private landlords, businesses and any other interested parties on the proposed designation of Selective Landlord Licensing 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 the landlord should have / will be required to have a plan in place to tackle anti-social tenants.

Consultation on the proposals runs from Monday, November 21, 9am to Monday, January 30,12 noon with a final decision due to be taken after all responses have been fully considered.

Councillor Eric Polano, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “In order to make sure any extension of Selective Landlord Licensing is fit for purpose we really need to gather all the views of those who may be affected.

“That means we want to hear from residents, landlords businesses and anyone else who wishes to contribute to this consultation.”

Information about the scheme, including the full proposal and a map, can be found on the selective licensing consultation page. Consultation questionnaires are available to complete online or download on that page. Views on the proposals can also be sent by email to licensing_consultation@middlesbrough.gov.uk or call 01642 728100.