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GATESHEAD MBC TO SPEARHEAD CALL FOR NATIONAL PRIVATE LANDLORDS LICENSING SCHEME

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Gateshead MBC's executive committee today agreed to spearhead a national campaign to call for the licensing of all ...
Gateshead MBC's executive committee today agreed to spearhead a national campaign to call for the licensing of all private landlords.

The council had previously responded to the government's proposals to license houses in multiple occupation by seeking an extension to the proposals to include all landlords.

Peter Mole, cabinet member with responsibility for housing said: 'While there are many very good landlords nationally, there is a minority who are creating a disproportionate amount of problems. In many cases the landlords do not live in the area where they hold properties and this often leads to neglect. As importantly they are not taking responsibility in their lettings and management policies for a small but growing number of tenants who cause problems.

'The main aim of this campaign is to seek legislation which will ensure all private landlords are held accountable for their properties and their tenants. In turn this will improve conditions and help to generally support areas and protect the property values of adjacent and surrounding homes.'

The council will be developing the campaign over the coming weeks including the production of proposals outlining the benefits of extending the legislation which will be circulated to all councils and members of parliament to seek their support.
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