Having previously abandoned selective licensing citing it as ineffective, Manchester City Council is planning to introduce a selective licensing scheme. The scheme will effect twenty-three streets within the Crumpsall Ward which total 400 private rented sector houses.
Due to come into force on 13 March 2017 and having effect until 12 March 2022, the licence fee could set landlords back £650 for the first property and £550 for any others. Each licence will last for the full duration of the designation, which is five years.
For early applicants, the licence fee will be reduced to £400 per application during the first 3 months before the designation comes into force. To qualify for the discount, a completed application must be submitted before 13 March 2017.
The scheme will affect the streets:
51 to 83 Ash Tree Road, M8 5SA
1 to 53 Birch Road, M8 5RT / M8 5RU
1 to 33 Brookfield Road, M8 5SE
1 to 34 Claude Street, M8 5AW
42 to 79 Cravenwood Street, M8 5AN
102 Crumpsall Lane, M8 5SG
40 to 62 Delaunays Road, M8 6RF
1 to 30 Eadington Road, M8 5SL
13 to 52 Hermitage Road, M8 5SP / M8 5SW
1 to 23 Houghton Road, M8 5SQ
1 to 76 Lansdowne Road, M8 5SH / M8 5SF
|1 to 18 Lidiard Street, M8 5SS / M8 5SJ
1 to 33 Linn Street, M8 5SN
2 to 10 Moorside, M8 5SB
65 to 95 Moss Bank, M8 5AP
50 to 90 Moss Bank, M8 5AP
1 to 47 Newland Street, M8 5RY
1 to 14 Wareham Street, M8 5RA / M8 5SQ
21 to 39 Westbury Road, M8 5RX
1 to 26 Woodfield Road, M8 5SD
2 Tracey Street, M8 5WA
Manchester City Council has defended the scheme to the RLA and others that contacted the council during their consultation period. In their consultation outcome the council said it recognises the challenges from the previous selective licensing schemes in Manchester and aims to address this through the way the applications are processed enabling valuable resources to concentrate on the worst performing landlords.
The Residential Landlords Association is opposed to selective licensing schemes, believing they are expensive and unnecessary.
RLA Chairman Alan Ward said: “Local authorities already have the powers to effectively monitor landlords through council tax documentation, with 96% able to collect landlords’ data on these forms.
“What they need to concentrate on is taking enforcement action against the criminal landlords who, while in the minority, are out there. All this scheme will do is punish good landlords who will be forced to pay for costly licences while the criminals continue to operate below the radar – while raking in millions of pounds for the council.”
For more information about Manchester City Council’s new Selective Licensing Scheme visit: http://manchester.gov.uk/licencecrumpsall or visit their Local Authority Network page here: https://www.rla.org.uk/lanetwork/partner.shtml?manchester-city-council