Calls for tougher rules as 'lazy' landlords blamed for housing estate's decline



Community leaders who blame 'lazy' private landlords for the decline of a former mining estate have criticised a decision not to introduce a tough licensing scheme.
They claim the problems in Galleys Bank, Kidsgrove, have become so bad that tenants are being served with eviction notices if they ask for repairs to their homes.
The properties are then sold off at auction or offered up to new tenants at higher rents.
Now Kidsgrove councillors are demanding Newcastle Borough Council re-examine the case for having a selective licensing scheme, which would force landlords to sign up to minimum... read more

 
3 October 2016 in Regional West, Views: 30
Source: The Sentinel
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