This month, Salford City Council announced the approval of a Selective Licensing Scheme in the areas of Charlestown and Lower Kersal. This scheme will operate alongside the council’s current licensing schemes in Barton, Eccles, Broughton, Langworthy, Weastle, and Seedley.
The streets affected by this new licence are as follows:
Area 1 Bounded by Gerald Road, Littleton Road, and Levens Street.
Area 2 Bounded by Gerald Road, Seaford Road, Blanford Road, and Welford Road.
Area 3 Bounded by Cromwell Road, Seaford Road, and Gerald Road.
Area 4 Bounded by Littleton Road, North Allenton Road, Ukraine Road, Hafton Road, and Stamford Road.
The map of the area can be found here. The scheme will come into affect on the 15th November 2017 and will last for a maximum of 5 years.
Selective Licensing was introduced under the Housing Act 2004. The Housing Act 2004 says that before introducing selective licensing to any area local Councils must consult with all affected people, such as tenants, residents, landlords, managing agents, businesses, Police, Fire Service, local Councillors etc.
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.
Alongside the licence fees, landlords will also have to declare that they are a fit and proper person to hold a licence and 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.
Salford’s consultation for this scheme ended in June of this year. The RLA made an official response to the council apposing the scheme, as we do with all licensing consultations. Our response can be read here.
Alongside the 6 mandatory Housing Act conditions, Salford City Council has set 55 additional conditions. The basic fee of a licence is £625, however the council are offering discounts for landlords who apply before the scheme starts and who are accredited. An accredited landlord who sends their application in 3 months before the scheme commencing will pay £425 per licence.
The RLA is opposed to licensing, believing it merely punishes good landlords who pay for the licences, while the criminals continue to operate under the radar.
However, it welcomes the fact that the city council recognises the value of accreditation.
The full details of the new scheme can be found on the council’s website here. If you are unsure about whether your properties will be affected by this new scheme please get in touch with the council directly. We urge landlords to check if they unsure whether their property is required to be licensed, it is a criminal offence for a landlord to let a property which requires a licence in a licensed areas without a licence.
The council can be contacted on:
Landlord Licensing Team, Salford City Council, Unity House, Chorley Road, Swinton, M27 5BY. Tel: 0161 793 3344 E: email@example.com
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