Manchester City Council

Selective Licensing: Have your say on how to improve private rented housing

The city council is proposing to introduce a landlord licensing scheme in north Manchester to help improve housing standards in areas where there are a lot of private landlords and we want your views.

A 10-week consultation opens today – - to see what good housing means to local people and this information will be used to inform a Selective Licensing scheme in north Manchester.

Selective Licensing is a focused programme that requires landlords or management agents to licence their properties if they rent a home in a specific area.

Initially focussed on a small part of Crumpsall, covering an area of around 400 private sector homes, the selective licensing scheme will look to improve management standards and conditions of private rented housing and support the reduction of anti-social behaviour.

Three other pilot areas have been identified – parts of Rusholme, Moston and Old Moat (Withington) – will follow the Crumpsall consultation, and each will be used to monitor the effectiveness of Selective Licensing in Manchester.

Licensing privately rented properties includes mandatory conditions to ensure good management of private properties, including:

- An up to date gas and electric safety certificate

- Safe condition of electrical appliances

- Fitted smoke detectors in a working condition

- Providing the tenant with a written tenancy agreement

- Demand a reference for prospective tenants

- The city council can also attach specific conditions to improve specific issues

A landlord must apply for a licence if they rent a property in the licensable area and can be fined for not obtaining a licence.

As well as information going directly to local residents and businesses, there will also be two drop-in sessions for the local community to find out more about Selective Licensing.

Place - St Matthew with St Mary, Cleveland Road, M8 4QU.

Time - Friday 9 September, 2pm to 8pm.

Place - Crumpsall Library, Abraham Moss Centre, Crescent Rd, M8 5UF.

Time - Thursday 6 October, 2pm to 8pm.

The consultation closes on Monday 31 October 2016.

Cllr Garry Bridges, Manchester City Council’s lead member for Selective Licensing, said: “We’re proposing a very focused selective licensing area, which means we can concentrate our efforts on a specific part of Crumpsall so that we can be clear on the impact and measure what works and what doesn’t.

“We see this as the first of a number of focussed programmes that will help improve private sector housing for tenants and the wider community, but we would like to know what you think and to hear your experiences of living in the area whether as a tenant or owner, so we can tailor the programme to best suit the local area.”

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