Private landlords could face a £20,000 fine for failing to obey a new licensing scheme, Bolton council has said.

As reported by the Bolton News, the landlord legal advice surrounds a new selective licensing scheme introduced in November after government approval.

The requirements of the landlord law include ownership of a gas safety certificate for rented accommodation, as well as the provision of furniture and electrical appliances in line with safety standards.

Furthermore, private landlords should try to reduce anti-social behaviour from tenants by including behavioural clauses in tenancy agreements.

Councillor Akhtar Zaman, executive member for housing and regeneration, said: "It is vital that all landlords sign up to the scheme as soon as possible. Not only is it a legal requirement, but it will help tenants and landlords alike."

Since October 2008, landlords have been required to produce energy performance certificates when passing on homes to new tenants.

Their purpose is to provide tenants with information on a property's potential fuel bills, as well as encouraging energy-efficient property management within the private-rented sector.ADNFCR-2002-ID-18991181-ADNFCR

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