Salford plans to extend selective licensing in two more wards to help stem the rise in hazards identified since the last scheme ended and to eject rogue landlords.

The council, which was the first local authority to introduce landlord licensing in the Seedley and Langworthy area in 2007, aims to reintroduce it in the Eccles & Barton and Winton wards where a scheme ran from 2015 until 2020.

The new proposal includes some additional streets and covers 847 private rented properties, 35 of which are small HMOs and subject to additional HMO licensing. Landlords would pay £609.01 for a five-year licence.

Salford reports that positive progress was made during the previous scheme, which led to improved social and economic conditions.

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However, housing conditions continue to be a cause for concern and the council believes that further action is needed, particularly as the number of category 1 and 2 hazards found during inspections have been increasing since the scheme ended; up from nine in 2018/19 to 36 in 2019/20.

Excessive number

A council report says that the city’s private rented sector is growing with an excessive number of investors looking for an investment in the proposed area.

“Investor purchases are reducing the number of properties available to home seekers and driving prices up,” it explains.

“A designation would allow the council to work in supporting and educating those landlords who are not providing good quality accommodation or managing their tenancies effectively and removing ‘rogue landlords’ altogether.”

This summer, Salford introduced landlord licensing for small HMOs with three or four tenants, across the whole of the city. It runs alongside the current mandatory scheme, which covers larger five or more person HMOs, and its other selective licence areas.

It reports that over the life of its licensing scheme, 18 offences have been successfully prosecuted with fines totalling more than £22,000.

The proposed scheme’s consultation period runs for 12 weeks until 1st February.

3 COMMENTS

  1. in 5 years they prosecuted 18 landlords as a cost to landlords of circa half a million pounds! This is typical of the current state of health and safety in all things – where the high cost and inconvenience is completely detached from the actual risk.

  2. What on earth are council enforcements officers doing? Isn’t their job to check standards of rented housing? why do we need licening if they are doing their job properly? Totally furious for having to pay RSW for absolutely doing nothing at all.

  3. Rather than letting property selective licensing etc why not EVERY letting property to be licensed.

    Let us say each letting property to be licensed at £100 every 5 years.

    Also for all LL to be licensed at the same cost.

    All other licensing to be abolished.

    Charging £100 per property would garner millions for Councils to enhance their enforcement activities.

    Any LL that refuses to licence to be subject to RRO.

    That would put the fear of god into rogue LL.

    Few LL would object to a £100 licence for them and their letting properties.

    It to be made illegal to let without a licence no per letting property.

    But Govt will never allow national licensing as it knows many LL are fraudsters and loss of letting properties would cause mass homelessness.

    Instead LL will continue to suffer under penally expensive Council licensing scheme.

    Councils are trying to prevent unrelated occupants from occupying so that properties are available for family occupation.

    This won’t work as family lettings are unviable.

    That is why LL have unrelated occupiers.

    It is ridiculous that any form of licensing should occur for fewer than 5 unrelated occupants.

    All that will happen is LL sell up to avoid licensing areas.

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