Page Hall landlords scheme to be ruled on

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Plans to create Sheffield’s first selective licensing scheme in the Page Hall community are to be decided today.

Councillors are to discuss the proposals – which aim to improve living conditions in the area which has the worst rented housing in the city – at a meeting in Sheffield Town Hall.

Landlords of around 350 homes will need to register, pay £725 for a licence and meet tougher criteria under the scheme, which is recommended for approval, from April.

It aims to combat some irresponsible landlords letting overcrowded, noisy or unsanitary houses – and council chiefs also hope it could reduce anti-social behaviour and stop property prices from falling in the neighbourhood.

Page Hall residents have complained of litter and gangs congregating after many Roma and Slovak people moved to the area – with tensions rising in recent months.

The council hopes that educating landlords about their wider ‘social responsibilities’, introducing tenant codes of conduct and identifying problems earlier will have a positive effect.

Homes on Page Hall Road, Willoughby, Wade, Lloyd, Robey, Hinde and Popple streets will be affected by the licensing scheme as, in consultation, residents said they were the streets with the most problems.

The rest of Page Hall will have a voluntary scheme if plans are approved.

Landlords who don’t comply – or who are found to be breaching the conditions – could be prosecuted with fines of up to £20,000.

But the council will also offer training and support to landlords.

A £145,000 Government grant would help towards the £238,000 cost of running the licensing scheme.