Licensing Scheme Plans Halted

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North Somerset Licensing plans halted by local landlord challenge.

North Somerset Council recently decided to introduce a licensing scheme to improve poor-quality private rented housing in Weston-super-Mare town centre, following a 20-week consultation period.

This has been challenged by some local landlords who have suggested a number of other alternatives which the council has decided to consider. As a result  the original scheme which was due to begin on 1st  November this year has been halted.

The council remains committed to driving up the standards of privately rented housing across North Somerset. Once the additional feedback provided by landlords has been considered, a further review of the options available to the improve the condition of privately rented homes will be carried out.

In the meantime the council will continue to work with landlords to improve housing conditions for all tenants and would like to remind landlords of their legal duty to ensure the homes they let are well managed and free from serious hazards.  More information about the required standards can be found at www.privatehousinginformation.co.uk

The licensing schemes for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) including the scheme which came into force in January 2014 for part of central ward are unaffected. Find out more about HMO licensing schemes.

As a result, the council have halted plans to implement the new licensing scheme. North Somerset Council say they remain committed to driving up the standards of privately rented housing across the area. Once the additional feedback provided by landlords has been considered, they will carry out a further review of the options available to the improve the condition of privately rented homes.

In the meantime, the council have said they will continue to work with landlords to improve housing conditions for all tenants and would like to remind landlords of their legal duty to ensure the homes they let are well managed and free from serious hazards.

Source: North Somerset Council press release 19 Aug 2016, 12:48 pm

About the Author ()

Rob Crawford is the chairman of the Association of Local Landlords (Wessex). Rob is a practicing landlord with a property portfolio that includes small private residential properties and HMO's. Rob is a qualified letting agent and former owner of Kingfisher Lettings & Management. He is now a share holder of the successful online lettings company Lettingsupermarket.com.

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