Council to pilot new housing licensing scheme

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Doncaster council is set to pilot a new property licensing scheme in Hexthorpe, in a bid to reduce the level of anti-social behaviour in the area.

The Selective Licensing Scheme is set to be piloted this summer for 12 weeks, and means the local authority will have greater power to check-up on landlords and their efforts to take appropriate action to combat problems with tenants, including anti-social behaviour.

This comes after over 100 residents from Hexthorpe attended a public meeting last month, over problems in the area including anti-social behaviour that some claim has left residents feeling ‘intimidated’ and concerned that the area is being turned into a ‘ghetto’.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “I promised to look at the introduction of a Selective Licensing Scheme for privately rented homes.”

“The proposed scheme in Hexthorpe would improve social and economic conditions and aid Doncaster Council in tackling issues of anti-social behaviour in the area.”

Reports of incidents of anti-social behaviour in the area have ranged from knife threats, to all night parties, to people defecating in the street.

Hexthorpe resident, Paul Adams, said of the scheme: “This is a step in the right direction, but we need to see some real action here. The main problem I think stems from the housing issue. Landlords should be made to do something if their tenants are making people’s lives a misery.”