Time is short! To prevent the Council going back to Selective Licensing we need landlords and agents to sign up now. Please don’t delay! If you have properties in the PLuSS Priority Areas, or you are an agent, or you have a close relative who has already joined and paid, you have an option to join for free – see below.
At the bottom of this page are application buttons – please scroll down. PLuSS welcomes applications from landlords or letting agents, or anyone involved in the Private Rented Sector. Our focus is on the borough of Stockton-on-Tees and especially on the PLuSS Priority Areas of Central Stockton-on-Tees and North Thornaby.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council writes (October 2019) [for full text click on the letter]:
[We] are now working in partnership with a group of landlords who have come together to form Private Landlords Supporting Stockton (PLuSS)… [But] for landlords and agents who do not choose to join PLuSS and work cooperatively with the Council, we are taking a targeted approach to drive up standards.
Non-members should expect to have their properties inspected and assessed by an officer from the Council’s Private Sector Housing team… Should such an inspection and assessment reveal unacceptable conditions then the Council will take appropriate enforcement action including serving Notices. When Notices are served the Council will charge the landlord or agent for expenses incurred, for the time taken to undertake the inspection and assess the property and for the preparation and service of the Notices…
… and the Council have recruited staff specifically to target non-PLuSS-member properties.
If you have rental properties in Stockton-on-Tees, especially in the PLuSS Priority Areas, and you choose not to join PLuSS… you have been warned!
… or apply to join PLuSS – links below
We are a voluntary non-profit association developed by local landlords and agents together with Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council as an alternative to Selective Licensing. Being a member brings benefits – and some obligations:
Benefits for PLuSS members
Obligations of PLuSS Members
- Join up here (see below), including declaring yourself to be a ‘fit and proper person’
- Pay the joining fee and the annual subscription – or choose a free membership if you qualify for it
- Provide details of any properties you own in the PLuSS Priority Areas to Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
- Abide by the PLuSS Code of Conduct
How hard is that?
Great value – full membership for a joining fee of £75 and annual fee of £25. Or…
Are you a Landlord? You can join for free:
– if you have an immediate family member (spouse/child/parent – or connected company) who has already joined PLuSS & paid; or
– if you own one or more rental properties in the PLuSS Priority Areas and you choose a limited membership
Are you an Agent? It’s free to join as a full member if you manage, but do not own, properties in the PLuSS Priority Areas
plus £75 one-off joining fee