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Residents in Leicester ‘to ask council’s permission’ to use mobility scooter

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Council tenants in Leicester could soon have to ask the city authority’s permission if they want to keep, store or use a mobility scooter at their home.

That’s if proposed changes to Leicester City Council’s tenancy agreement are approved following a public consultation.

A proposed update to the council tenancy agreement, which would not apply to housing association tenants and private tenants, would also mean scooter users are responsible for arranging a paying for an annual PAT test by a qualified person.

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The proposals also state: “Mobility scooters and similar equipment, must not be stored in any location where they can cause a nuisance or obstruction to other residents, or cause a risk of fire.”

Leicester City Council has proposed a number of updates to its council tenancy agreement, which if approved, would impact around 21,000 people.

The planned changes are partly designed to improve fire safety and minimise obstructions and fire risk, which is been a key concern in flats and tower blocks since the Grenfell disaster.

A statement on Leicester City Council’s consultation website said: “We have looked at the current conditions of tenancy and found that they do not cover everything we need to make sure we can manage our tenancies and estates as we want to.

“By updating the conditions, we should be able to deal with people who litter, fly tip or cause a nuisance for other people in these areas.”

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