Durham County Council is consulting on proposals to introduce selective licensing across County Durham to help to improve the standard of privately rented properties.

Selective licensing was introduced under part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 and allows the local authority to designate an area for selective licensing providing certain criteria is met and evidenced. The introduction of a scheme would mean that private landlords renting out properties in specific areas would need to apply for a licence, demonstrate they are a fit and proper person and have adequate management practices in place.

Landlords who fail to obtain a licence or a breach any of the set licence conditions could face prosecution or civil penalty.

Durham County Council are carrying out formal consultation on the scheme from 17 February 2020 – 27 April 2020 and would welcome your views. Information and supporting documents can be found at www.durham.gov.uk/consultation as well as details of drop in events, specific landlords events and an online survey.

If you require any further information or require the survey in paper form please contact 03000 268000 or email selectivelicensing@durham.gov.uk

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