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Rare event - council decides not to agree lettings licensing scheme

The National Landlords Association reports that Bournemouth council has taken the unusual step of rejecting a proposal to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in parts of the area.

The scheme, originally proposed a year ago, cited the familiar justification of being introduced to combat anti-social behaviour, crime and poor quality accommodation in four specific parts of the town.

The NLA says the council will now instead focus efforts to crack down on poor property management and standards through the extension of Operation Galaxy, its targeted proactive enforcement regime.

The NLA - which works with Bournemouth council on training and accreditation - had warned that the licensing scheme, if adopted, would merely move problems like antisocial behaviour to other parts of Bournemouth – and that the licensing fee would be passed on to tenants as higher rents.

“The council already has the powers to tackle rogue landlords and we look forward to working with them as they adopt a targeted approach to enforcing against the rogues who make their tenants' lives a misery, and give the rest of the law-abiding local landlord community a bad name” says Richard Lambert, NLA chief executive.

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