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Salford Selective Licensing – RLA respond

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Salford Council in Greater Manchester has recently closed their consultation for a Selective Licensing scheme in Barton & Eccles. As always, the RLA have responded to claims made by the Council and hope that the views of the Association and local landlords will be taken into serious consideration…

Salford Council in Greater Manchester has recently closed their consultation for a Selective Licensing scheme in Barton & Eccles. As always, the RLA has responded to claims made by the Council and hope that the views of the Association and local landlords will be taken into serious consideration.

Salford council is hoping to bring implement Selective Licensing in a bid to tackle problems within the private rented sector (PRS). Specifically, the council emphasised the growing number of privately rented homes in the Barton & Eccles area, with perceived increases in anti-social behaviour (ASB), empty properties, and property management/conditions.

At best, these items provide a tenuous foundation on which to build an argument for the need of Selective Licensing scheme in the area as the problems appear to be blown out of proportion. The arguments were then completely undermined by the Council by stating that campaigns already in place to tackle empty properties – arguably the second most prominent claim for the scheme – have enjoyed year on year success.

The RLA challenge this rationale. If there is a scheme in place, already achieving goals the council has, what need is there for additional burdens on landlords? More analysis can be found in the RLA response document:

ASB, predictably, features heavily in the Council’s reasoning for proposing the scheme. A House of Commons Library standard note: Anti-social behaviour in private housing suggests that landlords are not responsible for their tenants’ behaviour and that Selective Licensing schemes are ineffective at reducing incidents of ASB.

The RLA acknowledges that landlords should be expected to conform to legal requirements when providing accommodation, but feel that the Council have not considered the ramifications the scheme may have on the area.

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

2 Comments

  • On 10th May my Wife and I received a Selective Licensing Pack out of the blue from Salford City Council. Today, 18th May we received a hastening letter informing me that I had not responded to the Application Pack! The cost for the Application is £525 plus £25 each for a ‘Basic Disclosure’ check despite having an ‘Enhanced’ clearance in association with my employment.
    This Scheme is:
    a. Financially punitive.
    b. Invasive on the rights of private citizens to be private.
    c. A bureaucratic nonsense when the Council is moving large numbers of asylum seekers into the area.
    How can we, as private landlords, find out how this Council came by a figure of £525 per property for a simple licence?

  • I received a Selective Licensing Pack from Salford Council a few months ago and now I received a threatening letter today 6th August 2015 about rent repayment orders, if I do not apply for this nonsense-license which I do not agree with, within 14 days.
    I firmly believe that the council is bullying landlords to do this, in order to fill their coffers with money.
    The council did not consult us landlords about this.
    In my opinion this scheme will produce more empty properties in Eccles as investors will avoid buying and refurbishing houses in this area.
    I am considering to sell my house rather than paying more than 10% of my rental income to the council.
    Does the council forget that landlords pay income tax for their rental income, already?????
    My tenants are hard working people and have nothing to do with ASB.

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