Doncaster is the latest council to call for a landlord licensing scheme which it says will benefit landlords as well as tenants.
A consultation process is ongoing until late September. The local authority claims the licences – which will cost £500 per rented property – will benefit landlords by reducing anti-social behaviour, improving the reputation of the private rented sector, and making available support and advice from the council. It also claims that licensing will shorter voids and lower ‘tenant churn’.
However, local National Landlord Association representative Carl Agar says the scheme will move problem tenants elsewhere rather than tackle the issue.
“It is blatantly not the solution to the problems we have in our communities and it is wrong for the local authority to mislead the public into thinking they are addressing problems which they are clearly not. Landlords can barely afford to run properties of this nature in this area as it is” he said.
“We understand the issues but they have failed to engage with the sector before jumping to poorly thought-out solutions.”
The local area has been the focus of protests by the English Defence League against some migrant tenants.