Call for action to tackle anti-social tenants
TORBAY is being urged to take action to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour caused by tenants of rogue private landlords.
Mayor Gordon Oliver is being urged to find more money from his already stretched budget to deal with the issue.
A review panel is recommending he approve a new project costing £36,000 in 2012/13 and £59,000 in 2013/4 with one full-time member of staff appointed and legal support provided.
The panel has recommended scrapping the Torbay Landlord Accreditation Scheme and replacing it with new licensing and planning rules in a bid to improve housing standards for some of the poorest in the community.
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The report has recommended targeting neighbourhoods, particularly Torquay and Paignton town centres, depending on the level of complaints and information received.
A fast-track approach would be adopted to encourage landlords to better manage their properties and to prosecute landlords who fail to comply.
Currently, only larger houses privately rented to multiple occupants are subject to council licensing, ensuring they meet certain criteria.
A report to the council meeting on Wednesday, May 16, states the aim is to process a significant and prominent number of cases.
It has been suggested there could be selective licensing of premises and anyone wanting to rent out a property should first get planning permission from the council.
There have been 1,400 complaints to the council about private landlords in the past two years.
The mayor will take a decision at the Oldway Mansion meeting at 5.30pm.