26 Jul

Nottingham landlords may face licence requirements

Nottingham landlords may face licence requirements

Nottingham's council may soon require private landlords to become part of a licence scheme to help improve standards within the industry.

The city's executive board gave its support to approve the proposals following consultation with landlords and tenants.

It is hoped the scheme will play an important role in improving housing standards while tackling rogue landlords and reducing anti-social behaviour.

If the central government backs the licensing scheme, then Nottingham could introduce the project in April 2018. However, it is expected the proposals may not include the whole of the region and may focus on areas that include a high proportion of private rented sector properties.

Initials reports suggest the cost of a licence for non-accredited landlords could be £655 over the five-year period of the scheme.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, the city council’s portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage, explained: “The introduction of a licensing scheme for private landlords was a key commitment made in our Council Plan. The majority of private tenants who responded to the consultation were in favour of a scheme.

 “We have listened carefully to the issues raised in the consultation and made changes to the proposed scheme without losing focus on the improvements it sets to achieve in the overall standard of private rented housing in the city."ADNFCR-1222-ID-801838186-ADNFCR

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