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Landlords facing £610 licences to rent out properties in Telford

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched a consultation on its plans to introduce a Selective Licensing in parts of Telford in a bid to improve poorly managed private rented properties.

Under the initial plans for the scheme, which the council’s cabinet is being recommended to approve, landlords and letting agents in Hadley and Leegomery, Malinslee and Hollinswood, Brookside and Sutton Hill and Woodside will be required to apply for a five year licence.

Landlords will need to meet a number of conditions under the terms of the scheme to ensure that tenants are provided with safe and well managed homes.

The licence, which could be introduced as early as November 2017, would cost a landlord £122 a year for the whole five years, increasing to £172 a year for late applications.

Aside from pay the fee, landlords would also have to prove that they are a fit and proper person to hold a license, as well as meet the terms of various license conditions, which includes maintaining the property to a set standard, supported by the necessary safety certificates.

A landlord found guilty of not complying with licence conditions could be fined up to £5,000 per offence. Failure to license the property in the first place could lead to a £20,000 fine.

Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for public protection, safety & enforcement, said: “By ensuring landlords invest in their communities as well as the properties they own we hope that, together, we can reduce anti-social behavior and improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.

“For the tenants, we want to provide reassurance that they are renting homes that are safe from a landlord they can trust. This scheme would weed out bad landlords while supporting the good ones.”

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