News: Gedling Borough Council plans to introduce mandatory licences for private landlords

Thu, 08 Mar 18

Gedling Borough Council will vote today on plans to impose selective licensing charges on private landlords in the Nottinghamshire district.

Following a consultation period, the proposal to introduce selective licensing has been recommended to the council, with a final decision due in a meeting taking place this afternoon.

If the plans are approved by the cabinet, the council will begin imposing selective charges on landlords in one of its wards from October this year.

Landlords with an official accreditation will be charged £490 per year for each property, with non-accredited landlords due to pay £640 once the scheme kicks in. The measure includes a number of exemptions, including where a property is rented out for social housing.

Commenting on the scheme, when it was initially proposed in October, counicillor David Ellis, who represents the Ernehale ward, said: “Residents have a right to live in properties that are fit for purpose. Asking landlords to meet our standards acts as way of improving housing conditions and property management and also it can have a longer term effect of reducing anti-social behaviour and crime which can be linked to areas with deprivation and poor living conditions.”

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