Landlords gather for debate about licence proposals

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Landlords are set to get together for a meeting to discuss Sheffield Council’s plans to charge them a fee to rent property in part of the city.

The council is considering ‘selective licensing’ to regulate the private rented housing sector in inner city locations such as Page Hall due to concerns about poor state of repair and overcrowding.

The issue will be debated at a meeting of the National Landlords’ Association from 7pm on Monday at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Meadowhead.

Michelle Slater, Sheffield Council service manager, will update landlords on the current consultation process regarding proposals for selective licensing in various areas of the city.

The National Landlords’ Association is opposed to the scheme.

Chris Bryan, NLA representative for Sheffield, said: “Licensing has the potential to have a disproportionate impact on the compliant majority who are not at fault while allowing the roguish minority to continue under the radar.”

Mrs Slater will also give an update on the Snug Scheme which helps promote student accommodation and has been developed with the universities.