Landlords now have ten weeks to let the council know their views on the schemes which will cover 65% of the county and 51,000 private rented properties.

Landlords are being given the chance to share their views on a proposed large-scale selective licensing scheme across County Durham.

Covering 43 of its 66 areas – 65% of the county – it would include 51,000 private rented properties, as part of the county council’s bid to crack down on anti-social behaviour, low demand and deprivation.

Durham County Council has already run three selective licensing schemes in Dean Bank, Ferryhill, Chilton West and Wembley in Easington Colliery, that ended in 2019.

It says these made a positive impact, with a drop in reported crime and anti-social behaviour and positive improvements in both the condition and management of private rented properties.

It hopes the new five-year scheme will prompt better managed and maintained housing through the scheme and result in fewer empty properties, improve the health and wellbeing of tenants and reduce anti-social behaviour, while providing support and training to landlords.

Councillor Kevin Shaw, cabinet member for strategic housing and assets, says: “Through the selective licensing scheme, we will be able to work closely with landlords to provide information, advice, guidance and tenancy support.

“We will also be able to work with tenants themselves to help improve the standards of housing and with our communities to reduce anti-social behaviour.”

This proposed areas include: Consett West and Castleside, Hutton Henry and Wingate, Langley Park, Cornsay and Satley, Crook South and Willington North and Cassop and Coxhoe. A council consultation ends on 27th April.

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