East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Cabinet has agreed to undertake a 10 week consultation for the proposal to introduce a selective licensing designation in East Staffordshire.
Council’s can utilise a selective licensing scheme as part of a wider set of measures to encourage landlords to provide good quality housing within their communities and to address issues of anti-social behaviour, poor property conditions, crime and low demand within the areas.
Following extensive research into a range of areas suitable for selective licensing, the eastern area of Anglesey has been identified as most appropriate for the introduction a pilot selective licensing scheme.
The Council’s Cabinet also agreed to signpost visitors to the website to local and national landlord accreditation schemes.
Landlord accreditations schemes are voluntary schemes that landlords may subscribe to. All private sector landlords who own residential properties for rent in England and Wales are eligible to apply for accreditation.
The main benefit of being an accredited landlord is being able to advertise to prospective tenants that you are accredited and therefore you adhere to a high standard of property standards and tenancy management.
Councillor Jacqui Jones, Deputy Leader for Regulatory Services, said: “The majority of landlords in East Staffordshire are responsible however we have a small minority who aren’t and over the last 12 months we have received 400 complaints about poor housing conditions.
“The pilot scheme will target the Anglesey area with significant problems and will really benefit the area.
“The health, safety and well being of our residents are of paramount importance to East Staffordshire Borough Council and that is why a number of services are already licensed. These include Taxis, Street Trading, Dog Breeding, Dog/Cat Boarding, Pet Shops, Public Houses, Restaurants and others. The selective licensing scheme will have a positive impact on living and housing standards for all residents in areas that need improvement.”
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The area that has been identified as a potential pilot selective licensing scheme received the highest amount of complaints regarding housing standards over the last 3 years compared to the other areas that were considered in the proposal.
It has also been identified by a recent stock conditions survey as an area that contains a high proportion of private rented accommodation that are in a poor condition.
Common complaints that are reported to the Council include defective boilers often resulting in a lack of hot water and heating, poor electrics and/or a lack of fire safety provision. Often upon inspection more hazards are found within the property than were originally reported by the tenant resulting in enforcement action against the landlord.
There are 29 individual hazards that a property is assessed against which can affect tenants health, safety and wellbeing, with vulnerable people often being put at risk.