Ashfield District Council has given the go-ahead for new selective landlord licensing to be introduced in two areas of the western Nottinghamshire district.
Landlords operating in Stanton Hill and Sutton Central will now have to pass a ‘fit and proper’ test before being granted a licence.
A five-year license will cost a landlord £350, while those who belong to the East Midlands Landlords Accreditation Scheme will be charged the reduced rate of £250.
Landlords will also have to take responsibility for the safety of their tenants by keeping their rental homes up to the appropriate standard and reacting to anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Keir Morrison, portfolio holder for housing at Ashfield District Council, said: “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.”
The new selective landlord licensing scheme has been backed by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue.
John Buckley, chief fire officer at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue, commented: “Significant and persistent anti-social behaviour has long been associated with areas that have properties in a state of chronic disrepair.
“It is my view that the Selective Licensing scheme could improve the safety of homes and properties by addressing unsafe and irresponsible management practises conducted by a minority of landlords.”