700 more private sector homes will require a landlord licence from today (Tuesday 9 May) as Selective Licensing expands to five new schemes across four neighbourhoods.
Selective Licensing allows Council to require landlords of all private rented properties to obtain a licence in a particular area and is intended to address the impact of poor-quality homes and management standards.
Licensing can be introduced if an area is experiencing significant and persistent problems caused by antisocial behaviour, poor property conditions, high levels of migration, high levels of deprivation, high levels of crime, low housing demand – or is likely to become such an area.
The four new Selective Licensing areas that are now designated are:
- Levenshulme: Matthews Lane – 170 PRS properties
- Longsight: The Royals – 74 PRS properties
- Moss Side & Whalley Range: Claremont Road / Great Western Street / Bowes Street – 346 PRS properties
- Rusholme: Birch Lane – 70 PRS properties
- Rusholme: Off Laindon Road and Dickenson Road – 38 PRS properties
All residents in properties that now require a licence will receive a letter explaining that licensing is now in operation and that their landlord will be required to apply.
Landlords will be contacted by the Council and are encouraged to apply for a licence as the earliest opportunity with an early bird discount being offered to all applications through until 8 August.
The new designations follow a public consultation in October 2022 within the communities gathering feedback from residents and landlords.
Following feedback from consultation in Cheetham, potential schemes in this area will need further investigation and will not be designated as Selective Licensing areas at this time. The Council will review the case for introducing these areas in a future phase following further consultation.
There are four previous schemes currently in operation in the city:
Second designation of Selective Licensing (from Feb 2022)
- The Ladders - Gorton and Abbey Hey
- Hyde Road - Gorton and Abbey Hey
- Trinity – Harpurhey
- Ben Street area - Clayton and Openshaw
Initial designation of Selective Licensing
- Crumpsall – 13th March 2017 to 12th March 2022 (now closed)
- Moss Side – 8th Jan 2018 to 7th Jan 2023 (now closed)
- Moston – 23rd Apr 2018 to 22nd Apr 2023 (now closed)
- Old Moat – 23rd Apr 2018 to 22nd Apr 2023 (now closed)
Impact of previous schemes
1887 properties have been fully licensed since 2017 ensuring that these properties are safe for residents and managed on behalf of tenants.
- 677 compliance inspections have now been carried out
- 170 found to be fully compliant with the selective licensing conditions.
- 425 were identified as broadly compliant where there were less serious hazards identified on the inspection where landlords were notified of the hazards and remediation work was suggested
- 82 properties were non-compliant with legal notices or fined
Enforcement Action on non-compliant landlords
Enforcement action has been undertaken where necessary to target landlords who have failed to comply with the licensing scheme and to improve property conditions.
So far, these include:
- 21 Civil Penalty Notices totalling fines of £115,299 have been handed out to landlords and property owners that have failed to comply with the terms of Selective Licensing
- 69 Improvement notices under the Housing Act 2004 relating to category 1 and 2 hazards
- 16 suspended prohibition orders (orders that could close a property if standards don’t improve) have been issued mainly relating to overcrowding
- 16 for Failing to have a licence
- 16 Statutory Nuisance notices
- 10 prohibition orders
- 3 failing to comply with improvement notice
- 1 breach of licence conditions
- 1 breach of management regulations
- 3 emergency remedial notices where imminent health and safety issues were identified for to serious category 1 hazards present