Under the scheme, if it was approved, all private landlords in that area would have to get a licence in order to rent out their properties. The properties must then be let within the terms of the licence conditions to ensure they are safe, and that landlords can, and will deal with antisocial tenants. The licence conditions also cover issues of fire, gas and electrical safety, obtaining appropriate references prior to any tenancy being offered, keeping properties visually decent and ensuring that properties are well managed. Landlords would be given tailored support and guidance to help them manage their tenants if necessary.
There are two areas that have been selected as a pilot for Selective Licensing, and they were chosen because of high incidences of antisocial behaviour, low housing demand, high turnover of tenants, a large number of private landlords, and some properties being in disrepair. Please see the maps for the areas under consideration.
What are the benefits to landlords?
- Responsible landlords will receive information and support concerning antisocial behaviour
- Licensing creates a level playing field so decent landlords cannot be undercut
- Poorly performing landlords will receive support and training to improve
- Improved rental income as areas improve
- Improvement in the reputation of private landlords
- Shorter void periods and reduced tenant turnover
What are the benefits to tenants?
- More professional landlords bringing about improvements to their properties
- Improved security and sense of community
- Reduced risk of homelessness and increased length of stay
What are the benefits for the community?
- Increased housing demand and reduced levels of antisocial behaviour will make places safer and desirable places to live
- Reduced environmental problems, such as litter and fly-tipping
- Protecting vulnerable people who may be living in poorly maintained properties.
Part of the process the council must follow is to get the views of anyone who is affected by the proposed licensing scheme, including residents, landlords and local businesses.
The 3 month consultation period is a chance for you to let the council know your thoughts on landlords and tenants. Once this is over a report is submitted to the Cabinet who then decide to approve or refuse the application, based on the evidence before them.
For more information and to tell us what you think please contact the Housing Standards Team on 01782 236107.
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