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Bad landlords targeted in Blackpool scheme

Stronger powers are being used by housing chiefs in Blackpool to help protect private tenants from bad landlords.

Selective licensing is due to go live in the central area of the town from March 26 meaning all private rented homes in the area, around 2,400 properties, will have to be licensed.
Landlords will pay a  fee of £775 which is a one off payment made at the start of the five year scheme.
Various discounts are available, meaning a landlord could only have to pay £442 per unit if they are eligible for all the discounts.
The council is also using new powers which came into force last year to fine bad landlords as an alternative to prosecution.
Penalties can be issued for offences such as failure to comply with an improvement notice or failure to comply with regulations around the running of HMOs (houses in multiple occupation).
The maximum penalty is £30,000 for each offence.
Rent repayment orders have also been introduced which allow the council to reclaim rent or housing benefit to tackle a wide range of situations including failure to comply with an improvement notice or prohibition order, breaches of banning orders, using violence to enter properties and illegal eviction or harassment of tenants.
In a report to full council, which sets out the actions being taken, deputy council leader Coun Gillian Campbell said: “Taken together, the council’s use of these new powers from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 has meant that rogue landlords face higher penalties and there is a greater deterrent against illegal action that harms tenants.”

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