Selective Licensing Scheme Set To Be Extended

A new extended Selective Licensing scheme of private rented properties and landlords in parts of Accrington and Church is set to be introduced on 5th March 2018, after the Council was given the go-ahead from Government recently.

Selective Licensing helps tackle low housing demand and requires landlords to comply with a range of conditions to ensure good property management in the designated area. The new designation takes in additional areas in West Accrington, Church, Spring Hill, Peel and Accrington town centre and requires all landlords in these areas to apply for a licence.

Councilor Clare Cleary, Cabinet Member for Housing, welcomed the news, saying: “Selective Licensing is good for residents and landlords, as it raises housing standards, makes areas more attractive and increases housing demand. Additional areas in West Accrington, Church, Spring Hill, Peel and Accrington town centre have been added because they are immediately adjacent to the original designation and are at risk of becoming areas of low housing demand.”

Cllr Cleary added; “Licensing over the past five years has seen more private landlords adopt a professional approach through meeting specified standards and landlord training. A new designation will continue to underpin this approach ensuring standards are maintained. The Council believes its strategy for improving the housing market is starting to work with selective licensing making a significant contribution. We’ll continue to target our regeneration activity within the new designation area and selective licensing will be used to complement other measures such as empty property interventions, enforcement action, new build housing, choice based lettings, landlord training and a local authority run bond guarantee scheme.

Cllr Cleary concluded; ”By working more closely with local residents, landlords and partner agencies we are seeking to achieve a better quality private rented sector including an improvement in property conditions, improvements in tenancy and property management and better landlord and tenant relationships. In turn, these improvements can make renting privately a longer term viable and sustainable option for both landlords and tenants. A well-functioning private rented sector is a valuable resource providing choice and flexibility of good quality accommodation to support a more balanced housing market”.

Licence application packs will be available from 24th January 2018.  Find more information about the scheme.

If you are a landlord wanting to find out how to apply for a selective licence and whether you might qualify for licence fee discounts, please contact the Council’s Private Rented Team by telephone on 01254 388111, by email: strat@hyndburnbc.gov.uk, or in writing / in person at Private Rented Team, Scaitcliffe House, Ormerod Street, Accrington, BB5 0PF.