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Clock is ticking for landlords in parts of Sheffield to obtain a license

The deadline for the new selective licensing scheme which comes into effect at the start of November is looming, and time is running out for unregistered landlords with properties in designated areas.

Under the new regulations, by the 1st November, 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.

A council spokesman said: “In the past three years the council has been working intensively in the London Road, Abbeydale Road and Chesterfield Road areas as a result of increased complaints and referrals.

“Landlords who the council understands own private rented property within the selective licensing area will receive a licence application form by post in August.

“If landlords who own property in the area do not receive an application form in the post they should contact the council on the telephone [the number is 0114 2734680].”

Landlords are required to submit a valid application before November 1, 2018, with the £750 fee payable in two phases.

Those that do not apply at all, or who have to be chased, will pay a total of £1,500.

Cllr Jim Steinke, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and community safety, commented: “It’s our responsibility to make sure that all private sector tenants live in homes that are well-cared for and safe and that’s why this selective licensing scheme is so important – we’re asking landlords to apply for their licences as soon as they can so that things run smoothly for both landlords and tenants in the area.

“We’ve seen good progress with some landlords who have worked with us voluntarily to make significant improvements to the safety and standard of their properties.

“We want all properties out there to provide a safe environment, that people want to live in. No-one wants to be chasing their landlord every five minutes because the property they live in is not up to the mark.”

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