Rotherham landlords invited to meeting with council chiefs

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Landlords in Rotherham are invited to a meeting to find out more about a plan to make them pay for a licence for each home they rent out.

Rotherham Council is considering the scheme, and will discuss the reasons behind it with members of the National Landlords Association and the Rotherham and District Landlords Association.

Council chiefs want to introduce the scheme in central Rotherham, Dinnington, Eastwood, Maltby and Masbrough in a bid to improve housing standards.

But the National Landlords Association fears the proposed legislation will serve only to punish good, law-abiding landlords - and push rogue landlords further underground. The association fears only law-abiding landlords will even apply for the licences.

A period of public consultation is underway and is due to end on March 24.

The meeting next Monday, February 24, is to be held at the Holiday Inn, West Bawtry Road, at 6.30pm.