Manchester City Council Consulting on Selective Licensing Plans
Today it has been announced that Manchester City Council has launched a consultation on plans to introduce landlord licences, at a cost of up to £750 per property.
The selective licensing scheme will initially focus on a small part of Crumpsall, covering an area of around 400 private sector homes, with further consultations to be carried out in three other pilot areas in the north of city – parts of Rusholme, Moston and Old Moat (Withington).
Under the plans landlords would need to apply for a licence if they rent out a property in the area and could be fined if they fail to do so. According to the consultation documents the fee would be between £500 -£750 per property.
To be granted a licence landlords must prove they are a ‘fit and proper person’ and meet housing standards, including making sure there are up to date gas and electric safety certificates, that electrical appliances are in a safe condition and that working smoke detectors are fitted.
Manchester City Council said it wants to introduce the scheme to improve standards and conditions of PRS homes and support the reduction of anti-social behaviour in areas with high concentrations of rental properties.
The consultation ends on October 31st. For full information please see the consultation here: http://www.manchester.gov.uk/info/200024/consultations_and_surveys/7298/consultation_proposals_for_having_licences_for_privately_rented_houses_in_crumpsall
Following the recent selective licensing victory for the private rented sector, at Tenant Referencing UK we are now hearing from landlords all around the country who want to fight against selective licensing being implemented in their area but don’t know where to start or how to get the ball rolling.
So if you are serious about standing up to your council, to open up lines of communications for a better way forward for everyone in your area, please have a look at our helpful guide here: http://www.landlordreferencing.co.uk/blog/alternatives-to-selective-licensing-in-the-private-rented-sector-a-guide-for-landlords/