North East Lincolnshire Council

Selective Licensing consultation to be extended

The Council’s public consultation on selective licensing proposals for parts of the East and West Marsh is to be extended following the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Council’s consultation, which started on 16 January, was supposed to end on 26 March 2020. This was initially extended due to the emergency measures brought in by the Government as a response to the virus, and Councillors have now decided to further extend this until July.

Selective Licensing, the Council argues, has the potential to improve people’s health, housing standards and rates of crime and anti-social behaviour in areas where the measures are introduced.

The proposals would see landlords of private rented accommodation in parts of the East and West Marsh wards require a license to continue to let their premises. To get a license, landlords and letting agents would need to ensure that each property in these areas meet a set standard and that they manage their tenants in an appropriate manner.

Equally, the proposals set out the potential for landlords who have licenses to let properties in the areas to share details of problem tenants.

Councillor John Fenty, deputy leader and portfolio holder for regeneration, skills and housing at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “The coronavirus outbreak has had a far reaching effect on a lot of people’s lives over the past few weeks and I’m keen not to let this virus stop people from having their say on decisions that could impact them.

“These proposals are far reaching in their potential impact and could transform people’s health and accommodation standards for the better. We have taken the time to go over the business case for this and update it, and people can now have their say via the Council’s website.

“Therefore, it’s vital that everyone – members of the public, landlords and letting agents – get the opportunity to have their voice heard. Please complete the consultation and make sure that your view is taken into account.”

The consultation will now close on Wednesday 1 July 2020. To have your say, visit www.nelincs.gov.uk/have-your-say.

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