Two new Selective Licensing Schemes will be introduced in areas of Greater Manchester on Monday 23rd April.
Old Moat and Moston are the latest areas to be subjected to Selective Licensing, when both schemes come into force on Monday.
It follows on from Selective Licensing being introduced in Moss side and Rushholme in January, with the first Selective Licensing scheme being introduced in Crumpsall, back in 2016.
The RLA is opposed to Selective Licensing, because it takes the view that honest, law abiding landlords have to pay for often expensive licenses, while the minority of criminal landlords continue to operate under the radar.
Selective Licensing applies to all private rented sector houses that are not licensed under HMO licensing, this includes non licensable HMOs. An area may be designated for selective licensing either (i) if the area is (or is likely to be) an area of low housing demand or (ii) the area is experiencing a significant and persistent problem caused by anti social behaviour that local authorities attribute to private sector landlords failing to take action to combat against unruly tenants. A designation can last up to five years.
As part of the licence, the holders of the licence will be required to comply with licensing conditions, some of which are mandatorily imposed by the Housing Act, and local licensing conditions from the council itself.
Instead, the RLA is calling for a Housing Court to be introduced. A Housing Court would be modeled on the first tier tribunal system, and would speed up and improve access to justice for good tenants and landlords, as well as offer tax incentives to support good landlords.
You can hear more about this Housing Court proposal, and other potential proposals on the horizon, at our Future Renting North conference that is taking place next week on 24th April at the Concorde Conference Centre.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham will be speaking about his plans for the private rented sector when he addresses the conference next week. You can read about what he has previously said on the subject of private renting here.
Tickets for Future Renting North are £45 for RLA members and £60 for non-members.