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New selective licensing rules come into force today

BTL landlords in parts of Sheffield must now apply to the council for a licence to let their properties after selective licensing came into effect today.

Under the new regulations, all landlords who own property in parts of London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road, must have applied for a license in order to carry on renting out their properties to tenants.

The new scheme is being introduced to improve the standard of properties in the local PRS, according to Sheffield City Council.

Landlords who have not yet applied for a licence are at serious risk of breaching the law and could face criminal prosecution and financial penalties.

Cllr Jim Steinke, cabinet member for housing at the council, said: “Don’t underestimate our commitment and our powers.  We mean what we say.

“We have thousands of safe and well managed private rented properties across the city.  But we cannot ignore the despicable conditions we saw on London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road. We encourage all landlords to help themselves and take responsibility.

“Everyone deserves to live in safe, good quality housing, regardless of whether they rent or own their home.”


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