Bournemouth has experienced an increase in private rented sector housing which provides valuable accommodation for residents who don’t want to or are unable to own their own home.
Boscombe West has the highest percentage of these privately rented houses in Bournemouth at 62.3%. In East Cliff and Springbourne the percentage of private rented accommodation is 47% and in Boscombe East it is 35%.
These above average statistics have led councillors to raise concerns about the quality of some of the housing available in the private rented sector. This includes the levels of anti-social behaviour, crime and deprivation which the Council believes is linked to an increase in this accommodation.
The licence will require landlords to manage their properties in accordance with conditions that the council specifies; failure to do so could lead to enforcement action. Bournemouth Borough Council proposes to introduce a Selective Licensing scheme in the Boscombe East, Boscombe West and East Cliff and Springbourne areas of the town.
Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:
“Reducing levels of anti-social behaviour and improving housing standards is a high priority for the Council and forms part of the housing regeneration work taking place in the area. We believe that a Selective Licensing Scheme may be an effective way of tackling these priorities but we are keen to understand the views of local residents, landlords and other stakeholders on the proposals.”
The Council has calculated that the cost for a 5-year licence at £472 per property. The Council is considering offering discounts of £283.20 to Landlords who are members of a recognised accreditation scheme and £378 to Landlords who register for the scheme before the launch date.
The Council is considering the following additional charges:
- Landlords who own an entire block of flats are only required to hold one licence for the whole block. The Council proposes to make an extra charge of £65 per unit for a block licence.
- Landlords who fail to sign up during the first year of the scheme may incur an extra charge of £157 per licence, to reflect the extra costs.
The council have approved a 16-week consultation, giving local residents, tenants, landlords, managing agents and other members of the community interested in the proposals, the opportunity to provide feedback on the scheme. The consultation is running from the 1 January 2017 – 8th May 2017.
Read our official response here.
To find out more about the consultation and details on how to reply visit: http://www.bournemouth.gov.uk/Housing/selective-licensing/selective-licensing-consultation.aspx
To keep up to date with news, events, and licensing in the Bournemouth area, visit their Local Authority Network Page here: https://www.rla.org.uk/lanetwork/partner.shtml?bournemouth-borough-council