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Landlord licensing scheme considered in parts of Barnsley

Barnsley Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme in an effort to clamp down on rogue landlords in the local area as well as reduce anti-social behaviour in private rented properties.

The council’s consultation on the proposed introduction of the scheme in parts of Elsecar, Goldthorpe, Measbrough Dyke and Wombwell will run until 24 September.

If approved, the council estimates that about 570 properties would be affected by the new scheme, which would require landlords and tenants to meet certain requirements.

Reflecting on the proposed new scheme, which will cost landlords £530 over five years to license each property they own, Barnsley Council’s licensing officer, Gayle Hancock, said: “We know we have some very good landlords in Barnsley - but there are some who are novices at the landlord game, and some who are poor.

“What we want to do is to ensure everyone is working to the same level.”

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