Manchester City Council

Homes & property Selective licensing: renting out houses in designated areas

What we mean by selective licensing

We have the power to introduce ‘selective licensing schemes’ in designated areas of Manchester. In these areas, private landlords or their managing agents would need to have a licence for each house that they rent out. We want to use this proactive approach to make sure properties are up to the right standards and are safe for people to live in from the start.

See the outcome of consultations and where we're running the scheme

To get a licence the landlord or managing agent would have to pay a fee set by us and meet certain standards which affect the way the property is managed.

We may introduce selective licensing in areas where there's one or more of these issues:

  • a low demand for houses – with few people wanting to live there
  • significant and persistent problems with antisocial behaviour
  • houses that are in a poor condition
  • people only renting houses for a short period of time.
  • a lack of basic necessities
  • high levels of crime.

We believe selective licensing would improve the management of privately rented properties and contribute positively to improving neighbourhoods.  In turn this will:

  • make more people want to live in the area
  • make people want to stay in the area for longer
  • cut the length of time houses are empty — increasing the rental income for landlords
  • increase property values as the area improves
  • reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.

Read conditions the licence holder must comply with

Read the executive meeting minutes (Item 5)

See who already has a licence

In addition to selective licensing, we are already working with residents and landlords to make improvements in the area.

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