14 Jul 2022

A council says it’s launching a rolling programme of inspections of all 29,000 rental properties in its selective licensing scheme.

The scheme requires all private landlords in much of Durham to obtain a licence to legally let properties in designated areas.

After the scheme’s approval by the government in November 2021, landlords were invited to apply for a licence before the first inspections begin in August. 

The licence fee is £500 per property and covers the length of the five-year scheme with the discount period set to end on July 31.

Councillor James Rowlandson, in charge of the authorities resources, investments, and assets, says: “We’re urging landlords to apply for a licence for their properties that fall within a designated area as this is now a legal requirement. There is still time to apply this month and take advantage of the discount available for new applicants, so we are encouraging eligible landlords to not miss out on the offer.

“The scheme is about holding landlords accountable who fail to provide appropriate living standards for their tenants. This is an opportunity for landlords to ensure their properties meet the required standard ahead of inspection, and to ensure they are complying with their legal obligations.”

A total of around 29,000 homes, or 42 per cent of the private rented sector, are covered by the selective licensing scheme.

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