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Selective licensing for landlords goes live.
4:10pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Business News
WITH effect from October 28 Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has designated the South Bank area for selective licensing, with the objective to improve conditions for local residents and the surrounding community.
“LANDLORDS of privately rented properties within a designated area are required to make a selective licence application or face fines of up to £20,000,” said Matthew Milnes of Parity Property Management LLP, which has experience of completing selective licence applications on behalf of landlords.
“There are some specific exemptions, such as houses rented by registered social landlords,” Mr Milnes added.
“The application for a selective licence covers the standard of the rented property, the tenancy and also the personal background of the landlord."
The Council has set a Licence fee of £450 but is offering Charter Members who registered before June 30, 2013 a discount of £50.
In addition to the licence fee, the Council requires £30 for each fit and proper person check.
Mr Milnes understands that the application will be a paper format opposed to online facilities that have been used elsewhere. Typically the applications are two-fold; information to confirm that the rented property conforms to the Housing Act and Health & Safety requirements, with room plans, tenancy information and background information of the landlord to ensure they are a fit and proper person.
If you are a landlord and would like further information visit www.selective-licensing.co.uk or call Parity on 0800 7631199.
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