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Burnley consults on selective licensing scheme

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Burnley Council is consulting on the renewal and extension of a licensing scheme for the Trinity ward of the town…

Burnley Council is consulting on the renewal and extension of a licensing scheme for the Trinity ward of the town.

The council claims the scheme is needed to combat low demand for housing in the area, but at a recent public meeting council chiefs admitted there was “no hope of a facelift” for the area to support the aim of the scheme – thereby going against Government guidelines which state that licensing should be part of a multi-layered approach to tackling low demand.

The scheme it is replacing was introduced in 2008 to tackle anti-social behaviour, the only other reason for which selective licensing is allowed. However, at the same meeting the council admitted that just one landlord had been prosecuted in five years for an offence directly related to their duties as a landlord. It was also revealed that 40 per cent of private rental properties in the existing scheme have not been inspected by the council during the period of the scheme.

The RLA is currently considering its response to the consultation process, which runs until Sunday 4th August.

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1 Comment

  • The information provided seems to indicate that, as in other areas, the case for licensing is not made. It has not worked where introduced in other areas and is a vain attempt to address perceived issues; landlords need to be sure that this is not an attempt at revenue raising but is a real attempt to help them manage their properties.

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