Views needed on proposal to start licensing homes

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The council is asking for people’s views on a proposal to start licensing privately rented homes in many areas of the town.

Although a lot of landlords in these areas operate responsibly, the authority said, some rent out properties that fail to meet acceptable standards of management and are linked to anti-social behaviour.

Councillor Kim Forward, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for housing and community services, said: “We have too many poorly managed properties in our town which result in unacceptable levels of anti-social behaviour.

“We value the good quality, well-managed privately rented housing as it is a key driver for making a community stronger and safer. That’s why we are considering this licensing scheme.

“So whether you’re a tenant, landlord, manager, freeholder, leaseholder, neighbour or local business please fill in our short survey which can be found at www.hastings.gov.uk/selective by December 31 this year and to help us make the right decision.

“As an extra incentive, everyone who responds to the survey will be entered into a free prize draw to win £200 of Marks and Spencer vouchers.

“If it goes ahead, the scheme would run for five years and would operate in up to 10 council wards: Braybrooke, Castle, Central St Leonards, Gensing, Maze Hill, Old Hastings, Ore, Silverhill, Tressell and West St Leonards.