Landlords consultation for Wisbech licence bid

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Wisbech landlords will be able to have their say on plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in the town.

Fenland District Council is looking to introduce the scheme across seven wards in the town in a bid to improve housing conditions and stamp out rogue landlords.

The council has organised a four-hour session of consultation for landlords in the Boathouse today from 3-7pm.

This is the first of three events organised specifically for landlords as part of the 10-week public consultation that runs until May 8. Two more will follow, also at the Boathouse on April 14 at 7pm, with another on April 21.

A series of other consultation events are being held in the town.

If implemented the scheme would cover an estimated 2,400 properties in Clarkson, Kirkgate, Medworth, Octavia Hill, Peckover, Staithe and Waterlees Village.

All private sector landlords in the designated area would have to show they are “fit and proper” persons to hold a licence and comply with all normal standards, including having the necessary safety measures in place.

Licences would last for five years and cost £575 or £750.