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Landlord licence plan consultation postponed until after election

A major consultation on a proposed new landlord license scheme has been delayed until after the general election.

The idea of introducing a licensing scheme in Telford & Wrekin, which could see landlords required to pay £610 for a five-year licence, was put forward by Telford & Wrekin Council, with a consultation due to get underway a couple of weeks ago.

But the council’s bid to ‘improve’ the standards of privately rented properties in the local area has now been postponed until Friday 12th June, and is expected to run for 10 weeks.

A spokesman for the scheme said the proposed selective licensing scheme, which could go live in November if approved, would help landlords and letting agents in Hadley and Leegomery, Malinslee and Hollinswood, Brookside and Sutton Hill and Woodside “improve their properties and improve the quality of life”.

However, Bernie Lewis, chairman of the Wrekin Landlords Association, said that the planned license would blight areas and make the existing housing crisis even worse.

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    Money making opportunity by Councils with no real purpose or benefit - another useless scheme

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