Great Yarmouth Borough Council has vowed to clampdown on rogue landlords who allow tenants to live in poor housing standards in the Nelson Ward by introducing a Selective Licensing Scheme for private landlords in the local area.
Following a consultation period, which closed last month, the council plans to introduce the scheme covering parts of the Nelson Ward, with a view to improving housing and social conditions for private sector tenants in this area, while tackling unethical landlords.
A recommendation report on Selective Licensing has now been published by the council, announcing the scheme will come into effect at the start of next year and run for five years.
Under the proposed scheme, landlords of private rented housing within the local area would be legally obliged to apply for a licence requiring them to meet certain conditions around health and safety and standards.
A standard application fee will be £90, with a reduction to £70 for either an ‘Early application reduced fee’ (an application made within the first three months of designation), or Selective Licence applicants who are accredited by the National Landlords Association (NLA).
There will be financial penalties for landlords who break conditions or simply fail to apply for a licence.