Hartlepool Council is seeking to implement a selective licensing scheme for private landlords despite local residents telling the council that a previous scheme was ineffective in dealing with nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
Consultation documents produced by the council reveal that the majority of respondents in areas that already have a licensing scheme say that it has failed to assist in reducing the turnover of tenancies, improving the behaviour of tenants or reducing persistent nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is opposing the scheme that will see landlords charged £600 to secure a licence for their property.
RLA policy manager, John Stewart said: “Not only do licensing schemes often fail to meet their objectives such as reducing anti-social behaviour, they can result in rent increases as landlords are forced to pass on the cost of these fees to tenants.
“Hartlepool Council needs to listen to their own residents who say that current licensing schemes have failed to tackle local concerns. The council need to take effective enforcement action against criminal landlords and take more steps to tackle anti-social behaviour by bad tenants, instead of penalising the majority of good landlords that stick to the rules.”