Plan to extend Hartlepool licence scheme

A council is hoping to extend its landlord licensing scheme to try and improve the standard of rented homes.

More than 500 landlords in Hartepool have licences which prove their homes have smoke alarms and properly fitted electrical appliances.

Now Hartlepool Council wants to extend the scheme to nine more areas including rented homes in St Oswald's Street, Stephen Street and Burn Valley Road.

The council is carrying out a consultation into the scheme.

Landlords who breach the terms of their licence could be fined £20,000.

A spokesman for the council said: "Selective licensing aims to promote better property management standards, boost housing occupancy in areas where demand is low and reduce anti-social behaviour by tenants.

"It was first introduced two years ago and 550 licences have since been issued.

"It means that private landlords who own property or any person who controls or manages property in these areas will have to apply for a licence if the proposed areas are given the go-ahead."

The council is also hoping to extend the scheme to the Wensleydale Street area including Sydenham Road.

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