Private landlords in Newcastle have rejected a new licensing policy put forward by Newcastle City Council, which would require them to pay up to £750 per property.
The council argue that the registration scheme would improve accommodation and local neighbourhoods and reduce anti-social behaviour.
However, most landlords fundamentally oppose the plans, stating that it would penalise good landlords and ‘push rents up for tenants’.
The proposed scheme would affect about 19,000 properties in Newcastle, but local landlord, Bruce Haagensen, pointed out that only a small number of landlords were “not doing things correctly”.
He said: “Even if you say 10% are bad that still leaves 17,000 who are good and are being forced to pay money for a licence that really isn't relevant to them and is ultimately going to push rents up for tenants.”
With the council receiving around 1,200 complaints a year concerning private accommodation, Newcastle City Council’s housing team leader Paula Davis is concerned that there are an “awful lot of very vulnerable tenants” in the city.
She commented: “Old people, young people, people who have migrated into the city and maybe don't speak English as a first language - and they just wouldn't know who to complain to.”