Controversial plans to charge Peterborough landlords for a license set to be introduced

Rubbish piled up outside a property in Peterborough

Rubbish piled up outside a property in Peterborough

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Landlords will be charged to house tenants in parts of Peterborough under new city council proposals.

The selective licensing scheme would apply to landlords in the Gladstone, Millfield, New England and Eastfield areas of the city.

The proposals, which aim to penalise rogue landlords over issues such as overcrowding and fly tipping, come two years after the idea was first suggested.

Back then there was plenty of anger from landlords and councillors to the consultation on selective licensing.

The decision to now press on with the scheme, though, has been welcomed by Cllr John Peach, member for Park Ward who said: “We want to bring the area up not talk it down. We want to crackdown on houses where there are sofas left on the streets.

“If you’re a good landlord and behave yourself it will not cost you much and you will get a good name.”

The scheme will now be debated by the council’s Strong and Supportive Communities Scrutiny Committee next Wednesday before going to the council’s cabinet for approval.

The council said that full proposals will be published this week.

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