Clampdown on bad landlords hailed as a success

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A CLAMPDOWN on bad landlords is seeing success.

A selective licensing scheme imposed on parts of Hendon has now had 679 applications, and 509 licences for properties have been issued.

A meeting between police and residents in the Long Streets heard that 680 homes had been inspected to make sure they were up to scratch, and 198 had been improved.

Sunderland City Council launched the scheme in July 2010, in a bid to improve properties and residents’ lives.

However, action will be taken against a hardcore of owners who refuse to comply.

There are still 51 properties where landlords have not applied for licences, which are owned by 34 people.

A number of prosecutions by Sunderland City Council are due to be heard by city magistrates.