Salford considers selective licensing for two areas

Salford considers selective licensing for two areas

0:02 AM, 11th July 2024, About A week ago 4

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Salford City Council is seeking residents’ opinions on a plan for private landlords in parts of Broughton and Kersal to join a selective licensing scheme.

The proposed scheme would cover around 1,340 properties across Broughton and parts of the Kersal and Broughton Park wards.

It would cover the same area as a previous licensing scheme that was concluded in 2021.

Urged residents to get involved

Councillor Tracy Kelly, Salford’s deputy mayor responsible for housing and anti-poverty, urged residents to get involved with the consultation process.

She said: “It is important that local people have their say on this selective licensing scheme and put their views to us so they can help shape our full decision.

“Evidence in the area shows that challenges come with the amount of private rented properties.”

She added: “Our aim is to make sure that local people have access to well-managed, affordable homes and that rogue landlords have no place in the area.

“This all links in with our commitment to create a fairer and more inclusive city for local people.”

It will benefit the community

Selective licensing can be introduced where the local authority considers it will benefit the community, in areas of low housing demand and where there are problems with antisocial behaviour.

The council approved two previous schemes in the area, the most recent being launched in January 2016 and which ran for a maximum limit of five years.

Council officers completed a review and found there have been positive impacts on a number of issues such as increasing property values and increasing average rent levels.

They also found the majority of properties within licensable areas are benefitting from improvements and greater compliance as landlords are more willing to do the work required on their properties to remedy hazards and defects.

The consultation will run from 17 July to 25 September 2024 and more details can be found at the council’s website.


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Cider Drinker

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8:40 AM, 11th July 2024, About A week ago

Why is just PRIVATE landlords (and their tenants) that are targeted in this way?

In my area, it’s the social housing tenants and the SH landlords that cause the greatest problems with drip up dealing and unkempt gardens.

Owner-occupiers are not immune from being anti-social either; I know a few houses on the same estate as some of my rentals where owner occupied properties have a steady stream of customers knocking on their door, day and night.

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9:17 AM, 11th July 2024, About A week ago

Council officers completed a review and found there have been positive impacts on a number of issues such as increasing property values and increasing average rent levels.
They see this as a positive??? Increased rent levels are BECAUSE of the licencing fee being added on! It also means less chance of those on their housing list being able to afford these properties so more stay in expensive temp accommodation. Shooting their own clients in the foot.
They are just trying to get LL's buy in to call for the next 5 year scheme.
Someone needs to do an FOI and determine exactly how many 'improvements' have been made as a result of the SL last time and just how many 'rogue' LL's have been prosecuted etc. How many fines issued for properties that never applied for a licence? Then throw these figures back at them! If they cant justify this then they can't justify a new scheme.

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11:19 AM, 11th July 2024, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Reluctant Landlord at 11/07/2024 - 09:17
Councils are in it' for the money, just think of all that CT on every new high rise, my question is who is going to fill them all.

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13:08 PM, 11th July 2024, About A week ago

You can bet the FEE will be over £1,000 per rental property.
You can apply online and pay the FEE and upload all the documents online.
Will the Salford council Selective licensing team visit 1340 properties over the 5 years the scheme will Run.
Not a Chance
Will this extra £200 a year be passed onto the Tenants of course it will.
Councillor Tracy Kelly, Salford’s deputy mayor responsible for housing and anti-poverty stated that
“Our aim is to make sure that local people have access to well-managed, affordable homes and that rogue landlords have no place in the area."
Easy solution Build More Energy efficient Homes and rent them out cheaply to all the Local people and the thousands of Migrants who want to live in big cities.
Sorted and about 50,000 in Salford should do it.
PRS out of business

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