Rented sector licensing shake-up aims to curb anti-social acts
A FORMAL consultation on plans to introduce a five-year licensing model for all private-rented accommodation in Boston could be launched.
The council's corporate and community committee has recommended the proposal to Boston Borough Council's cabinet for discussion on October 9.
If approved consultation will cover all private rented sector accommodation as the council aims to have better control of homes of multiple occupation (HMOs), to help reduce the impact of anti-social behaviour.
The licensing model would affect approximately 4,700 properties in the borough, of which 600 are estimated to be HMOs.
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Licensing would be carried out on a phased approach, starting with properties in the town wards.
Licence fees are currently expected to be £800 for a HMO and £490 for non-HMOs. This would cover the cost of the scheme.
The private rented sector represents 18 per cent of the residential housing stock in the borough having doubled in size over the past 10 years.
It is hoped that licensing should go a long way to improving the impact that the private rented sector in Boston is having on the community tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour and the condition of properties.