Tameside Council outside Manchester is the latest to launch a bid to introduce a selective licensing scheme which would see all private rented properties within the borough require licencing.

The announcement follows neighbour Manchester Council’s announcement two weeks ago that it intends to vastly expand its selective licensing scheme and Liverpool’s second attempt to introduce one after being rejected by the Housing secretary earlier this year.

Tameside as had a mandatory HMO licensing scheme in place since October 2018. In 2019 it reported that 63 properties had HMO licenses and that the total number in the borough had increased from 160 in 2017 to 245.

Council leader Brenda Warrington says: “The coronavirus pandemic has shown that we need to do more.

“We intend to push forward with our plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme for the private rented sector.”

The plans appear to be at an early stage – a council spokesman told LandlordZONE that a consultation would be carried out in due course.

But Tameside also plans to work closely with landlords to prevent evictions related to coronavirus-related arrears, while helping tenants come up with a repayment plan to repay the debt within two years.

Warrington says landlords who take part in the scheme will also be able to access funding from the Government’s Green Homes Grant to improve the quality and energy efficiency of their properties.

She also says Tameside’s homelessness service has done incredible work in the past few years in helping the homeless or those at risk of homelessness.

And she believes poor quality and overcrowded housing is also a key factor in vulnerability to infection, with groups like ethnic minorities, young people and migrant workers particularly at risk.

Tameside includes the town of Ashton-under-Lyne as well as Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Longdendale, Mossley and Stalybridge.


  1. The country is going through economic hardship. Some professions have never recovered such as fitness instructors, restaurants, wedding planners, music venues and theatres. Landlords will receive no rent from certain groups, but at the same time, councils expect landlords to pay huge fees for licensing or face £20,000 fines. Where is the magic money tree? Taxes have gone up for landlords.

    The Government banned letting fees, why don’t they ban licensing fees too (or set sensible limits). Does it really cost £800 in fees for a 10 page licensing document?.

    If I rent out a bad property, they will want to prosecute me. If the tenant damages the property, the councils don’t want to know about it. Where is the fairness? Do they really care about property conditions?.

    There is a rogue landlords database, we get treated worse then criminals. There is no public database for people with criminal records. A woman could end up with a convicted wife beater.

    I have rentals in an area with licensing, the council has never helped me or my tenants.

    I have a studio flat, my tenants complained about noise from the upstairs flat. I found out there is a family of four living in a studio flat of 23sqm. There are four people sleeping in a bed. I reported to this to the council. I asked to explain, how the council had issued a license four people. This is illegal. The council refused to answer my questions.

    My tenants are in agony, as the tenants upstairs are jumping at night, running around. The council will do nothing about these matters, if the tenant is on benefits, because they don’t want to re-house them.

    My local councils has prosecuted landlords, for overcrowding (the landlord was nt aware the tenant was sub-letting). They have named and shamed landlords in local newspapers. If the tenant has sub-let, why don’t the council prosecute the tenants for breaching the terms of the license.


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