Private landlords in Yorkshire may face a new licensing scheme as part of efforts to protect people living in multiple occupancy housing.

The Google Courier reported that East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) is considering introducing the new scheme, which would be implemented in addition to current legislation, which was first introduced in April 2006.

According to the group, the current laws do not cover smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMO), which has led to problems with anti-social behaviour, fly-tipping, overcrowding, parking and noise nuisances.

However, the ERYC would need to win approval from the government to introduce the new scheme, which would require landlords and all HMO properties to meet certain standards to be issued with a licence.

Furthermore, tenants who breach the conditions of the licence or landlords who neglect to seek such a document from the council could face legal action.

The ERYC's housing strategy team works to maximise existing housing stock while making plans for the current and future property needs of the local population.

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