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Views sought on re-designation of licensing scheme

Views are being sought on the re-designation of a scheme to improve standards in the private rented sector in North Ormesby ward.

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 from Monday, September 28, 9am to Monday, December 7,12 noon with a final decision due to be taken after all responses have been fully considered.

Councillor Ashley Waters, Middlesbrough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said: "We want as many people as possible to take part in this consultation.

"The scheme has had many successes over the five years since it was introduced but we need to make sure it continues to be fit for purpose and continues to benefit residents, tenants and landlords alike."

Information about the scheme, including the full proposal, can be found on the North Ormesby Selective Landlord Licensing consultation page.

Consultation questionnaires are available to complete online on the North Ormesby Selective Landlord Licensing consultation page. Views on the proposals can also be sent by email to licensing_consultation@middlesbrough.gov.uk or call 01642 728100.

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