Rotherham landlords call for licensing scheme legal review

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Landlords in Rotherham are taking the town’s council to a judicial review over an agreed selective licensing scheme.

Landlords in Rotherham are taking the town’s council to a judicial review over an agreed selective licensing scheme.

Such schemes are aimed at improving standards and make landlords work to new regulations, as well as paying for a licence.

One landlord said issues included a ‘draconian’ 50 point tick sheet and that the council would be able to fail a property for ‘trivial’ items, like a window not having a key.

Only designated tradesmen authorised by the council would be able to carry out work and whole communities would be designated rather than just roads needing improvement.

The National Landlords Association has now written to Communities’ Secretary Eric Pickles asking for the decision to be overturned after the council’s cabinet resigned in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal and Government commissioners were ordered to take over.

Landlords in Rotherham are also invited to a meeting from 6.30pm tomorrow at the Holiday Inn, West Bawtry Road.

Dave Richmond, director of housing and neighbourhoods at Rotherham Council, said the potential legal challenge was being considered by the legal department.