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Landlord licensing scheme approved

Scarborough Council has approved the introduction of a compulsory selective licensing scheme in parts of Scarborough’s Weaponness and Ramshill ward. 

The decision followed a consultation that took place between January and March, which showed 72% of almost 350 respondents in favour of the proposal to introduce the landlord licensing law. However, just 35% of landlords who responded to the consultation agreed with the proposals.

The ‘Scarborough South’ scheme, which is due to be introduced with a licence fee of £550 for each application, requires landlords to meet a range of licensing conditions including an existing gas safety certificate if there is gas in the property, working smoke alarms and safe electrical appliances.

It is estimated that there are 550 licensable properties within the proposed area of designation and it could generate a total fee income of £334,000 for the council, and proposed licence holders and managers will be required to prove that they are “fit and proper” persons.

Close to 1,000 licences have already been issued in the north of Scarborough. 

Approval from the Secretary of State is still required for the scheme to go ahead, but the council anticipates that it could be introduced early next year - possibly by February. 

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