Four private landlords were fined almost £13,000 as part of Nottingham city council's clampdown on rogue renters.

Landlord responsibilities were breached as the men failed to take out licenses for homes of multiple occupants, the Nottingham Evening Post reports.

Some 14 officers were hired by the council in summer 2007 to enforce the landlord legal requirements under legislation effective from 2006.

This law required private landlords to acquire licences for properties of at least five occupants, or for homes of at least three storeys, the article noted.

It also means landlords have to meet certain standards in property maintenance, tenant behaviour and rubbish removal.

"We have seen a change where we have concentrated out efforts,"commented Derek Martin, council director for physical regeneration in neighbourhoods.

"Residents are saying the areas are cleaner,"he added.

A number of landlord legal responsibilities were introduced last year, including the government's energy performance certificate (EPC) scheme.

The Association of Residential Letting Agents said this month in its annual review of the private rented market that three quarters of landlords are planning to acquire their EPC during the next tenancy change.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18982943-ADNFCR

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