In order to introduce a Selective Licensing scheme within the borough a number of criteria must be met as set out in the Housing Act 2004 and Department for Communities and Local Government Guide.
The law states that a local authority may make a selective licensing designation if an area meets one or more of the following conditions:
- the area is, or is likely to become, an area of low housing demand (low demand being indicated by the value of residential premises compared to the value of other similar premises; the turnover of occupiers of residential premises; the number of premises available to buy or rent and the general appearance of the locality)
- a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour
- there are poor property conditions
- there are high levels of internal movement of people
- there are high levels of deprivation
- there are high levels of crime
For an area to be considered for a selective licensing scheme it must also have a relatively high level of private rented housing.
Evidence shows that these areas meet the conditions to be designated;
You can see if your property is in a Selectively Licensed area with our postcode checker.
These zones have been chosen because evidence clearly shows that they have higher rates of housing disrepair, a higher turnover of tenants, littering, fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour than other areas. We also receive more complaints about these concerns from local residents in these neighbourhoods than other areas.
Research suggests that, by encouraging landlords to improve the quality of their properties, it would lead to a greater incentive for private home-owners to make improvements to their properties in the knowledge that such cost and effort isn’t in vain.