New landlord guide for private landlords has been launched by Stockton Council in effort to improve letting standards in the borough.
The “Stockton Rental Standard” guide outlines the legal and best practises expected of all private landlords in the borough and is part of an on-going campaign by Stockton Council to improve conditions for tenants.
As reported by The Northern Echo, a leading Stockton Councillor has said that “some landlords did not understand their legal obligations and were failing to take measures which could prevent anti-social behaviour.”
Stockton Borough Council has developed and is adopting its “Rental Standard” as part of a range of measures being introduced by Stockton’s housing officers with the aim of raising the standards of all private rental properties in the borough.
A copy of the guide will be distributing a copy to private landlords over the coming weeks by the council’s Private Sector Housing Team.
Cllr Steve Nelson, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community, told The Northern Echo:
“We fully recognise that the majority of private landlords in the borough are good landlords who offer a good standard of both property and management. However we know there are some landlords who do not fully understand their legal obligations. We expect landlords to work with us and our partners to prevent issues like anti-social behaviour from occurring.”
Stockton Council has said it wants to encourage private landlords within the Borough to take up other free services available to them such as the Council’s Landlord Accreditation Scheme and Tenant Referencing Service.
The Council has also installed a confidential helpline for private sector tenants to enable them to report poor housing conditions when they may be fearful about reporting poor housing conditions or tenancy management issues to their landlords.
For more information about the support available to private landlords visit: www.stockton.gov.uk/privatelandlords
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