Views needed on proposal to start licensing homes

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 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.