New landlord licensing scheme to be introduced in Jersey

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A LANDLORD licensing scheme proposed by the Environment Minister has been approved by the States Assembly.

A draft law brought forward by Deputy Jonathan Renouf to help tackle “sub-standard” rental accommodation – the principles of which were backed by the States earlier this year – was passed by 37 votes to nine with one abstention on Tuesday afternoon.

Under the scheme, it will be an offence to allow a property to be used as a rented dwelling unless it has a valid licence.

The arrangements, set to come into effect next year, will carry a fee of £60 for a two-year licence.

Deputy Renouf explained that the scheme will help officers enforce minimum standards of rented accommodation that were introduced in 2018.

Constables Mike Jackson, Philip Le Sueur and Richard Honeycombe, and Deputies Mary Le Hegerat, Sir Philip Bailhache, Moz Scott, Rose Binet, Andy Howell and Tom Binet voted against the proposition.

Deputy Steve Luce abstained.

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