Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 14.32.08CONSULTATION on a proposed scheme to improve rented accommodation in an area of Middlesbrough has now come to an end.

Following the consultation it is recommended that Selective Licensing is introduced to North Ormesby to raise standards of property management in the private rented sector.

The introduction of the scheme will mean all private rented properties in the designated area will have to be licensed by the Council.

The licence holder will have to meet certain ‘fit and proper person’ criteria in order to obtain a licence.

Licence conditions include proving that annual gas safety checks are carried out, pre-tenancy reference checks, the provision of tenancy agreements and having a plan in place to tackle anti-social behaviour by tenants.

The proposals – first considered earlier this year – have received a largely positive response from local residents and community stakeholders.

A subsequent consultation asked for the views of 539 people/groups, which received 18 written responses.

A Council response has been provided for all questions and issues raised by consultees.

Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Communities Cllr Mick Thompson will be asked to approve the Selective Licensing scheme at a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, September 15.

Information about the scheme can be found on the Council’s website at www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/slc