A consultation has opened today to hear the public’s views on a new Selective Licensing scheme in south Manchester that will help improve housing standards in an area where there are a lot of private landlords.
The consultation – www.manchester.gov.uk/consultations – will see what good housing means to local people and this information will be used to inform a scheme in Moss Side and Rusholme that could include up to 1,235.
Consultations for a third phase of Selective Licensing will also begin next month, for Old Moat and Moston.
Selective Licensing is a focused programme that requires landlords or management agents to licence their properties if they rent a home in a specific area, and looks to improve management standards and conditions of private rented housing and support the reduction of anti-social behaviour.
A scheme has already been approved in an area of Crumpsall and was designated in December, allowing landlords three months to apply for a licence.
Licensing privately rented properties includes mandatory conditions to ensure good management of private properties, including:
– An up to date gas and electric safety certificate
– Safe condition of electrical appliances
– Fitted smoke detectors in a working condition
– Providing the tenant with a written tenancy agreement
– Demand a reference for prospective tenants
– The city council can also attach specific conditions to improve specific issues
A landlord must apply for a licence if they rent a property in the licensable area and can be fined for not obtaining a licence.
As well as information going directly to local residents, landlords and businesses, there will also be three drop-in sessions for the local community to find out more about Selective Licensing.
15 February 2017, 2.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Trinity House Community Resource Centre
Grove Close (off Platt Lane), Manchester M14 5AA
15 March 2017, 2.00pm – 8.00 pm
Moss Side Millennium Powerhouse
140 Raby St, Manchester M14 4SL
13th April 2017, 2.00pm – 8.00pm
The Birch Community Centre
Brighton Grove, Manchester M14 5JT
The consultation for the Moss Side and Rusholme designation closes on Friday, 21 April 2017.
Cllr Garry Bridges, Manchester City Council’s lead member for Selective Licensing, said: “Following the successful consultation for Crumpsall, where a Selective Licensing Scheme is now up and running, we want to hear from tenants and landlords in Moss Side and Rusholme, and then Moston and Old Moat, so we can tailor schemes that will benefit those areas.
“Input from the local community is key to understand the issues private sector housing can have on a neighbourhood and allows us to concentrate our efforts to improve tenants’ experiences and the wider community.”