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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has introduced compulsory selective licensing for all landlords in an area of Fenton. However, the Council seem to have set a precedent or admission by saying it was not in the public interest to force a landlord in the area to licence all 37 properties of his properties at a saving of over £16,000.
The Council have also refused to say why they will not be prosecuting for failure to comply with licensing, but did confirm decision followed legal advice. Landlords in the area, and further areas where there are plans to roll out the same scheme, can now point to the fact there must be severe problems to address first.
Cabinet member for housing, communities and a safer city, Randy Conteh, said: “There are 37 properties owned by one individual where it was deemed not in the public interest to pursue prosecution.
“External legal advice was obtained and the external opinion was not to proceed further. This amounts to lost income of approximately £16,700.”
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