Birmingham is launching a consultation into an additional licensing scheme across the city that would include 12,000 properties in all 69 wards.

The council’s existing mandatory licensing scheme covers 4,000 larger properties with five or more occupants but it now hopes to improve standards in smaller HMOs. Landlords would need to pay a £755 licence fee under the scheme which, if approved, would launch on 1st April 2023.

Biggest scheme

In March, the council approved the UK’s biggest selective licensing scheme and is now waiting for Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove to give it the go-ahead. Landlords across 25 wards including North Edgbaston, South Yardley and Sparkhill are set to need a licence in a scheme covering 40,000 properties.

Sajeela Naseer, the council’s head of licensing, says years of data-gathering shows a clear correlation between HMOs and antisocial behaviour, waste and some serious home hazards. She adds: “Licence conditions would include requiring landlords to work with the council to tackle anti-social behaviour arising from their properties, to have appropriate waste management arrangements in place and ensure that their properties are safe.”

Anti-social behaviour

Councillor Sharon Thompson, cabinet member for homes and homelessness, says it wants to hear from tenants living in HMOs and landlords who are responsible for them.

“Our research has shown that there are potentially 8,000 HMOs without a licence and that many are badly managed and give rise to a lot of anti-social behaviour,” says Thompson. “The licence would give the council extra powers to proactively identify HMOs and join up with other services such as the police to tackle the issues. This is why we believe that designating a city-wide additional licensing area is the right course of action.”

The consultation launches on 4th July and runs until 13th September.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Always love this bit “Landlords are required to work with the Council to tackle anti-social behaviour”

    1) when people complain to the Council, they do nothing
    2) when people complain to the Police, they do nothing
    3) if it ever gets to court, they do nothing

    Yet – when the Landlord issues an S21 – the Council tell the anti-social Tenant not to move until evicted by the court.

    It’s great when we all work together isn’t it.

    • You summed it up,and where else can
      bham council dump all the junkies,drunks,half wits and gimps except in shared houses which the skanks destroy,they should put them in barracks in a field.

  2. Very clearly put.
    Exactly what happened to me.
    The council did not want the responsibility and it seemed as if the courts were totally on their side finding any possible excuse to prolong the process.
    Many months and tens of thousands of pounds later and thanks to a savvy lawyer, they had to sign an eviction order.
    Phew. Did nothing for my respect of the legal system.

  3. “The licence would give the council extra powers to proactively identify HMOs and join up with other services such as the police to tackle the issues.” Well you already have all the power needed. The only thing needed is the will power. The only thing they’re after is the money these licences would bring in.

    “Licence conditions would include requiring landlords to work with the council to tackle anti-social behaviour arising from their properties, to have appropriate waste management arrangements in place” => once again anything wrong is the landlords’ fault!!!

    • Shared slums are acceptable alternative to social housing,society has more criminals,junkies and half wits than at any other time in history and who is going to house these gimps while they continue to use drugs and repeat crimes?….never mind so called ‘support’ they don’t need support to take drugs and commit crime,the rent per gimp is around £220 a week,not for support as the dumb ass council thinks,it’s to cover the damage these retards cause.

  4. Yes that’s exactly what they told my previous non paying tenant. They got quite upset when I said they would have a different attitude if I didn’t pay my council tax!

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