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Residents back landlord licensing
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The council says a licensing scheme would raise standards
Plans to introduce a licensing scheme for landlords on an East Durham housing estate have been backed by residents.

Easington District Council asked people in the Wembley area of Easington Colliery if they approved a Selective Licensing Policy.

The system would require all private landlords to register before renting out properties.

More than 90% of people who took part said they supported the move, which the council is now considering.

The council say the scheme would give it greater control over the condition of rented accommodation.

Shirley Wild, housing renewal manager at the council, said: "This will enable us to make real improvements to the Wembley area, so we are very pleased to have the support of residents."

The results of the survey will be considered by the government, before a final decision on the scheme is made.

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