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Burnley landlord licensing to stay until 2018
2:45pm Friday 11th October 2013 in Burnley
TOUGHER licensing conditions for landlords in part of Burnley are set to be extended for five years.
Selective licensing, which requires landlords to pass a ‘fit and proper persons’ test, has been trialled in Trinity ward since 2008.
The scheme is targeted at improving housing standards and tackling anti-social behaviour.
Burnley Council’s executive, which meets on October 15, is recommended to agree the scheme should continue until 2018.
The council said 90 per cent of residents it surveyed backed the proposals, while many landlords opposed the move because of the costs involved.
In August, the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) claimed consultation should have been scrapped as Coun Howard Baker, an estate agent and Trinity councillor, had not properly declared his interest at meetings.
Coun Baker, the council’s executive member for housing and environment, denied any wrong-doing.
He said: “Selective licensing has made a positive difference and we are beginning to see the results of that. Rather than stopping now, we want to continue to build on that progress and further improve the quality of life for all residents of Trinity.
“Extending the scheme gives us a further five years to build on the foundations of what we’ve already achieved.”
The council is also considering whether to introduce selective licens-ing in two other wards; Gannow and Queensgate.
A 12-week consultation for those areas will run from next week until January 5.
Under selective licensing landlords and managing agents have to obtain a licence.
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