The streets in Crumpsall that will be subject to a new selective licensing scheme have now been confirmed.
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.
The landlord licensing scheme in north Manchester is designed to help improve housing standards in the area where there are a lot of private landlords.
Initially focused 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.
Following the full public consultation, the full list of streets that will be incorporated into the selective licensing scheme are in the notes to editors section below.
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.
The licensing scheme will come into effect in Crumpsall will come into effect today (Monday, 12 December) and landlords that manage property in the designated area will have three months to apply for a licence.
Three other pilot areas have also been identified – parts of Rusholme, Moston and Old Moat (Withington) – that will be subject to public consultation in the coming months. Each area will be used to monitor the effectiveness of Selective Licensing in Manchester.
Cllr Garry Bridges, Manchester City Council’s lead member for Selective Licensing, said: “Following a wide consultation and public engagement events, we now have a focused selective licensing area for Crumpsall.
“The licensing scheme will be monitored closely to ensure the programme is having a positive impact on housing standards in the area.
“A number of issues have already been uncovered, including a number of serious and dangerous hazards, which are being pursued.
“The message is clear: if you’re a landlord who thinks they can get away with renting a shoddy home, we are coming for you.”
If you're a private landlord in Crumpsall and think you might need a licence, find out more information HERE