Page last updated at 13:58 GMT, Tuesday, 15 January 2013

DUP motion calls for landlord licensing scheme

A DUP motion said there was a need for all landlords in Northern Ireland to be on a register to help prevent tenants being treated unfairly, on 15 January 2013.

Gregory Campbell said there was a need to safeguard tenants from "unscrupulous landlords" and he eventually would like to see a private rented sector licensing scheme brought forward.

The motion called on Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland to consider introducing such a scheme for landlords operating in the private rented sector.

Mr Campbell added that it was important not to make such a registration scheme too bureaucratic as this would cause people to opt out.

Mr Campbell said statutory provision required for those houses in multiple occupation also needed to be clarified.

Sinn Fein's Fra McCann said there was a need for "robust legislation" in order to ensure that landlords met the requirements.

The second part of the debate can be viewed here.

Story Tools

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific