Telford and Wrekin Council has announced its plans to consult on a new Selective Licensing Scheme in a bid to improve the quality of rented houses available in the area.
The designated area includes the wards of Hadley, Leegomer, Malineslee, Hollinswood, Brookside, Sutton Hill, and Woodside, landlords in these areas will be required to apply for a five year licence. The licence is currently being priced at £122 per year.
Selective Licensing applies to all private rented sector houses that are not affected by Houses of Multiple Occupation licensing, within the designated area. Alongside the licence fees, landlords will also have to declare that they are a fit and proper person to hold a licence and meet the terms of the licencing conditions set by the council and national conditions. Read more about Selective Licensing and whether this scheme would effect you here.
Telford and Wrekin Council have proposed 40 conditions for landlords to comply with, alongside the 10 mandatory Housing Act conditions . These include HMO landlords being required to pay for the regular cleaning of communal areas, landlords to ensure rooms other than bedrooms are not used for sleeping, and 6 conditions on waste/refuse, fly tipping and pests.
Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for public protection, safety & enforcement, said: “By ensuring landlords invest in their communities as well as the properties they own we hope that, together, we can reduce anti-social behavior and improve the quality of life for everyone in the community.
“For the tenants, we want to provide reassurance that they are renting homes that are safe from a landlord they can trust. This scheme would weed out bad landlords while supporting the good ones.”
It was originally reported that this consultation would be held in mid-April, however, Telford and Wrekin council have announced that they have postponed the consultation until Friday 12th June due to the announcement of the general election. The consultation comes to an end on 21st August, we have made a response and we urge our members to do the same in order to ensure landlords are represented in the council’s decision making process.
To read the RLA’s official consultation response click here.
To find out more about this consultation and to have your say, visit the Council’s website here.
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