Screen Shot 2015-06-25 at 10.35.03A NEW scheme to improve rented accommodation in a key part of Middlesbrough is to be considered next week.

Following a period of consultation, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive will be asked on Tuesday (July 14) to formally approve a scheme in North Ormesby that integrates Selective Landlord Licensing with early intervention.

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

Selective Licensing aims to improve standards of property management in the private rented sector and, along with other measures, to help bring about improved social and economic conditions.

If approved, 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.

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

The Council’s Executive (Tuesday, July 14) will be asked to consider the outcome of the public consultation and approve the proposed scheme.

A final decision on Selective Licensing will be taken by the Executive Member for Communities and Public Health following the completion of consultation on proposed licence fees.