Consultation underway to see if selective licensing scheme for private landlords needed
Date published: 24 February 2020
Private landlords operating in Oldham must get a licence from the council at a cost of £490 per property
Oldham Council have launched a consultation to see if a selective licensing scheme for private landlords is needed in selected areas within 10 of the borough's wards.
The scheme aims to improve the management of privately rented properties - ensuring they have a positive impact on an area.
The formal consultation will involve residents, tenants, private landlords, businesses and other stakeholders and will run until Monday 18th May.
Councillor Valerie Leach, Deputy Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “The vast majority of our private landlords rent out decent properties and look after their tenants.
“Unfortunately, there is still a small number who fail to provide decent housing. That’s why we originally introduced the selective licensing scheme.
“Last time we asked people for their views, four out of five of the people who responded believed selective licensing would help improve the areas covered.
“Thankfully they were right as we’ve been able to help out tenants and drive up standards.
“Any new scheme would mean landlords and tenants have to act responsibly or face possible action from the council.
“Please give us your views as we want to hear from you.”
In 2015 the council introduced its selective licensing scheme for private landlords in eight areas.
The existing scheme required all landlords to be registered with the council and to obtain a five-year licence which cost £490 per property – less than £2 per week.
If you are a resident or a business owner and would like to take part in the survey visit www.oldham.gov.uk/selective_licensing
The results and final recommendations will then be reported back to Cabinet for a decision.
Letters will be posted to properties within the proposed and surrounding areas. Drop-in sessions and community meetings are also planned, as are face-to-face interviews.
Information will also be sent to current licence holders/landlords/managing agents and local businesses.
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