Landlords in Nottinghamshire should be aware of a new licensing scheme that has just been launched in the area.
Due to be introduced in two parts of the west Nottinghamshire area by Ashfield District Council, the sheme will target landlords who let properties in Stanton Hill and Sutton Central.
Landlords in these areas will have to prove that they are ‘fit and proper’ to be a landlord, before the council will grant them a licence.
Five-year licenses will cost a landlord £350, while those that belong to the East Midlands Landlords Accreditation Scheme will be charged a reduced rate of £250.
Under the scheme, landlords will also have to take responsibility for the safety of their tenants by ensuring properties are maintained to a high standard, and all anti-social behavior is reacted to promptly.
Councillor Keir Morrison, the Portfolio Holder for Housing at Ashfield District Council, says: ‘The vast majority of private landlords who rent out properties in the district 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 act on bad tenant behaviour to those they lease their properties to.’
‘Any scheme would mean landlords and tenants have to act responsibly or face possible action from the council – ensuring landlords properly fulfil their responsibilities to provide housing at the correct standard and to deal with tenants who may be causing anti-social problems.’
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