Middlesborough Council is hoping to clampdown on unscrupulous landlords operating in the Newport ward, particularly in and around the Gresham area, by introducing a new landlord licence with a view to improving the rental standards in the local area by forcing landlords to meet a ‘fit and proper person’ test and pay a £580 fee.
The council, which first introduced landlord licensing in North Ormesby in 2016, hopes that the licence will improve social and economic conditions through better property management.
To comply with the licence, landlords will have to carry out pre-tenancy references, annual gas safety checks, have a plan to address anti-social behaviour by their tenants, and of course pay the associated fees.
Speaking at Middlesbrough Town Hall yesterday, Cllr Mick Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s executive member for communities and public health, said: “We have one item to consider today and that is that we approve the commencement of appropriate consultation on extending selective landlord licensing, as it is currently being rolled out in North Ormesby, in that we seek to introduce it in the Newport ward.
“I know that I’ve received lots of representations from members from that particular area saying that we desperately need something in the Newport ward to tackle rogue landlords and the problems that accompany them.
“So I’m more than happy to agree for that to happen and there’s only me here who can do that.”
He added: “It’s unanimous - does anybody have any questions?”