We will prosecute rogue landlords says Peterborough City Council leader

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“I like to think that I’m a man of my word,” writes Peterborough City Council Leader John Holdich.

“Hopefully this is shown by my determination to get a new selective licensing scheme proposed that will protect more vulnerable tenants in our city.

“A new version of the scheme will be put out to public consultation next week. It’s much broader than the previous one and I believe better.

“The council is committed to ensuring that all our residents live in conditions fit for this day and age.

“We will support good landlords but tackle the issue of rogue landlords and I’m confident this type of licensing would help solve the problem.

“Landlords would have to pay for a five year licence to rent out their property in certain areas of the city. The government sets out specific criteria about where selective licensing can be put in place – and these will be explained during the consultation.

“The wards where areas of selective licensing are proposed are Central, North, Park, East, Fletton, Woodston, including an element of Stanground Central. It would also cover parts of Bretton North and Orton Longueville.

“It is simply not acceptable for residents to be living in squalid conditions, sometimes without electricity and heating, crushed into a house with too many people.

“We are making full use of new legislative powers from central government to propose a scheme that would give us greater powers to prosecute, with much larger fines, the criminal landlords who exploit people in Peterborough.

“Like many of you I’m in two minds at the moment.

“Should I turn the heating on at home or is it too early?

“Either way I’m looking to spend less this year and that will be a combination of wearing more jumpers and switching to Peterborough Energy.

“The council is one of only a handful of local authorities that is offering its own energy tariff.

“So far over 700 households have switched saving a combined £160,000. That’s around £230 a year saving for each.

“Peterborough Energy has already been singled out by national publications including Which? and The Guardian as having some of the cheapest fixed rate tariffs in the UK.

“Following on from the Mayor, Councillor John Peach, I’ve also switched this week. He saved over £400 every year – and I’m in line to save £452 on my annual bill.

“Visit www.peterboroughenergy.co.uk or call 0800 408 6706 to switch.

“It was fantastic to see residents out and about on the Perkins Great Eastern Run course on Sunday.

“Not only was the course record broken but it was the highest attended PGER since the council brought it back in 2006.

“Over 6,500 people took part in the half marathon and Anna’s Hope Fun Run.

“As I walked around the course with my wife it was great to meet some of you supporting the runners during this showcase city event.

“Well done to everyone who organised the event and to those that took part or came out to cheer them on. Obviously a special thanks to Perkins, the race’s principal sponsor.

“You’ve got just over a month before a run of the West End’s biggest hits opens in the city.

“Bill Kenwright is returning once again to put on a number of shows at The Broadway Theatre. First up is Jesus Christ Superstar which starts on Tuesday 17 November.

“To find out more and book tickets visit www.thebroadwaypeterborough.co.uk or call 01733 822225.