People can now review the results of a consultation about plans to tackle poor property conditions and management practices in areas with high levels of private rented accommodation.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is considering the designation of 14 areas across the city that will come under selective licensing laws for private landlords.
Selective licensing is a tool provided by the Housing Act 2004. Its aim is to tackle problems in areas with high levels of privately rented housing.
The City Council has identified a number of areas which have high levels of private rented accommodation occupied by the most vulnerable. These areas are suffering because of poor housing conditions, empty homes and increased levels of anti-social behaviour and crime.
A 14-week consultation about the plans began in January, with residents landlords, businesses, stakeholders and councillors asked to provide feedback.
More than 400 responses were received with over 1,400 comments, which have now been analysed. People can review this information online via www.stoke.gov.uk/selective from today (Thursday, 9 August, 2018) until Wednesday, 5 September, 2018.
Anyone with any new comments on the results is invited to submit them via this link, with feedback taken into consideration when the selective licensing proposals go before cabinet members later this year.
Based on some of the feedback given during the consultation – and also as a result of recent case law – a number of changes are being made to the selective licensing proposals.
- Changes to the fees and payment arrangements.
- Removing some of the selective licensing conditions due to the feedback received and recent case law.
- Changes to the ‘fit and proper person’ criteria.
In addition, the private sector stock condition survey has been made available to the public and can be viewed online at www.stoke.gov.uk/selective.
Councillor Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “We have received an incredible amount of feedback about the selective licensing proposals and officers have been working hard to analyse it.
“We want people to know that the feedback is being considered very carefully, and we have suggested a number of changes to the proposals as a result – showing that we are listening to those who have taken the time to contact us.
“Some poor condition properties – leading to low demand and unsettled communities can along with other social and economic problems seriously undermine any efforts to build a thriving and prosperous city.
“This is why we are considering the introduction of selective licensing in these areas which have high levels of private rented accommodation and experience poor housing conditions and other issues. However, at this stage the decision as to whether or not to adopt the scheme has not been decided and ultimately Cabinet members will be making the final decision.”
Residents, landlords, businesses, stakeholders and councillors in and around the 14 selected areas are being asked for their views on the revised proposals. The closing date to submit comments, observations, and suggestions is Wednesday, 5 September, 2018.
To view the revised proposals online and to comment