Lancaster City Council has been granted approval on two new licensing schemes, both in area of West End of Morecambe.
The schemes being proposed are a Selective Licensing Scheme and an Additional Licensing Scheme.
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.
Additional Licensing schemes affect Houses of Multiple Occupancy that are not licensed under Mandatory HMO Licensing. If you own a property that is 3 or more floors, houses 5 or more people not from the same family, and share facilities then usually you are required to hold a Mandatory Licence.
Alongside a licence fee, 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.
Drop in sessions are also being run by the council for interested parties to voice their concerns or ask questions;
|Tuesday 28 November, 2pm – 4pm||West End Impact, Heysham, LA3 1DG|
|Wednesday 6 December, 9:3am – 11:30am||More Music, LA3 1QT|
This consultation closes on the 15th December 2017. The RLA makes an official response to all local government consultations, opposing the introduction of landlord licensing.Please feel free to use our past responses or arguments as a template for your own.