Consultation on licensing for rented accommodation in parts of West Bromwich

If you are a landlord with properties in West Bromwich you will be interested in our consultation on proposals to bring in two new licensing schemes.

Sandwell Council has launched a 10-week consultation on proposals to introduce two new licensing schemes in parts of West Bromwich to the improve the area and living conditions for tenants.

The consultation is being launched on Monday 27 January to give landlords, tenants and other residents the chance to give their views on the two schemes to improve housing conditions and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour problems.

The one scheme – for selective licensing – would see landlords of all privately rented properties in the specified area needing to apply for a licence from the council.

They would also need to meet minimum management and property standards, helping to protect landlords, tenants and residents.

The second scheme – additional licensing – would mean that landlords of any house in multiple occupation not covered by mandatory licensing would need to obtain a licence.

Areas where additional and selective licensing applies, landlords must apply for a one-off licence for each self-contained house or flat that they rent.

The views of local residents – including tenants, landlords, managing agent’s businesses and other members of the local community – are being sought on plans to bring in the scheme which would affect around 3,000 private-rented properties in central West Bromwich and surrounding streets.

Under the scheme these designated streets in and around West Bromwich High Street and the town centre have been identified as areas that would see significant benefits – such as improved housing conditions, less crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as improving the image and perception of the area – if licensing was introduced.

Councils can introduce licensing under the Housing Act 2004, to tackle problems such as low housing demand, significant anti-social behaviour, poor property conditions, an influx of migration, high levels of deprivation or high levels of crime.

Councillor Joanne Hadley, cabinet member for homes, said: “We know that we have a lot of good landlords who recognise their responsibilities and care about their tenants.

“We also know that there are landlords who charge high rents, allow their tenants to live in poorly-maintained properties or don’t take action against tenants causing anti-social behaviour, and all of these are unacceptable.

“We want to make sure that all tenants – whatever their type of tenancy – live in a good standard of property in a safe neighbourhood.

“We want to hear people’s views on these licensing proposals as part of the consultation.”

The consultation which runs from Monday 27 January until Sunday 5 April is available online

The results of the consultation will be reported back to the council’s Cabinet later in the year.

You can also find details of public and landlord meetings on the subject.

 

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