Oldham Council will be introducing a licensing scheme for private landlords to put a stop to the leasing of poor quality accommodation.
A three month consultation was launched by the council earlier this year involving residents, private landlords, business and other stake holders in areas across the borough.
Four out of five of the 3,672 residents who gave their views believed selective licensing would help improve the proposed areas, and 85% felt that the council should have more control over the way that private landlords manage their properties. If approved at cabinet this week, a team of officers will be recruited to run the scheme across the selected areas. Reports 24dash.
The aim of selective licensing is to improve the management of these properties so there is a positive impact on the area. All landlords would be required to register with the council,
The scheme would require all landlords to be registered with the council, attaining a five year licence; a one off fee of £490 per property. If landlords refuse to comply with the scheme, or continue without a licence they could be fined of up to £5,000.
Councillor Dave Hibbert stated, “The vast majority of private landlords who rent out properties in the borough operate within the law and look after their tenants, but there are some who fail to provide housing to a decent standard and don’t control the tenants who they lease their properties to.
“Some landlords have expressed that they think it’s wrong to target all landlords and we have some sympathy with this view. However, selective licensing treats all landlords in an area the same and creates a level playing field.
“We hope that the whole landlord sector benefits in the long run and I would like to thank all the residents, businesses and landlords who have given us feedback.
“A scheme of this nature will send out a message to those rogue landlords that if you want to rent out a property in Oldham it has to be of a good standard and you have to take responsibility for your tenants – or pay the price – as you are not wanted here.”
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