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Bournemouth landlords object extra licensing deal
BOURNEMOUTH landlords have objected to the principle of extra licensing to deal with the problem of “studentification” in Bournemouth.
A meeting held on Monday at the town hall saw 21 landlords from the area discuss Bournemouth council’s ongoing consultation on improving the condition and management of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation).
The consultation has come about following complaints by residents that the influx of students has changed the character of the area and led to an increase in unsightly properties, noise nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
Complaints over noise have been highest in Winton, Wallisdown and Queen’s Park with residents living in Winton East making the most complaints about poor living conditions.
Steve Bartlett, NLA representative for Bournemouth, pictured, said: “Many of the landlords objected to the proposal of additional licensing as they feel that licensing landlords is not a reasonable or effective solution to the problem of anti-social behaviour in the area.
“The landlords suggested landlord accreditation as an alternative to licensing.
“Accrediting the good landlords means that the council could concentrate their resources on targeting the criminal operators.
“However, the council remains concerned that accreditation will not solve the problem of criminal landlords.
“The NLA is concerned that licensing will merely serve to capture the professional landlords, leaving criminal landlords to continue to operate under the radar.”
Nicky Thomas, private sector housing manager, said: “The council is currently carrying out an extensive public consultation exercise on the options available to improve the condition and management of HMOs in the Winton area.
“The meeting was an opportunity for local landlords to be fully involved in the consultation.
“The response to this consultation, along with all the feedback received through the wider online public consultation which looks at Landlord Accreditation and Additional Licensing of HMOs, will be considered when the council decides which option to take to ensure HMOs are well maintained and properly managed.”
The consultation will take place until October 7.