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Durham council’s plans will detrimentally affect the business of any of your clients who operate a business in the Private Residential Lettings sector, or who depend on the sector for their clients. All businesses are faced with a very challenging economic outlook at the moment and it is no exaggeration to say that this could be the final straw for many.

At very least, it is something you should be aware of and we would be grateful if you could let your clients know about our campaign to fight these proposals.

In areas where there is no real problem with  privately rented property a Selective Licensing designation can blight the area’s reputation leading to negative perception of the area and less confident spending.

Landlords will stop investing and some will decide to sell up as this will be the final straw after recent tax and regulation changes and loss of rent during the pandemic.

Local businesses will have less income as landlords cutback to afford the license fees

The Scheme, as proposed, will cover large areas known as Medium Super Output Areas (MSOA’s).  These cover 2000 – 6000 households rather than a few problem streets. For example, Bishop Auckland town is covered by only 2 MSOA's.  So, many houses in good areas, will still be blighted by being included in a Selective Licensing area.


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Please contact clients who may be affected to make them aware of the council's plan and our campaign.  Durham County Council have identified 57,000 rental properties in the county, so there are a lot of Landlords and the more we can have with us, the louder we will be heard!

Please note that Darlington Council is a separate Unitary Authority and DCC cannot include Darlington properties in this scheme. An easy check is if a rental property pays council tax to Darlington it will not be included. However if Durham brings in this scheme its likely Darlington will look at their own. 

Contact your local councillor and MP to raise your concerns, you can get their contact details here.  A simple email to say that you disapprove of Durham County Council’s plans to introduce Selective Licencing and asking them to do something about it, would go a long way!


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