Public Consultation on Selective Licensing

Published Tuesday, 23rd October 2018
housing in Rotherham
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A public consultation is currently taking place on proposals to extend Selective Licensing of private rented housing to parts of Thurcroft and Parkgate.

Rotherham Council is considering using the powers under the Housing Act 2004 to require all private landlords in two small areas to have a licence for rented housing they operate.

This will help tackle the effects of deprivation which is leading to poor health outcomes for residents, and to support residents on the lowest incomes to ensure they have safe and healthy homes.

Selective Licensing has already been successfully introduced in central Rotherham, Masbrough, Eastwood, Maltby South East and Dinnington. This has led to significant improvements in property standards. Initial inspections under the current scheme found nine out of 10 properties were unsafe, with 97% of properties now meeting the minimum housing health and safety standards.

The proposals will help ensure that landlords are meeting their obligations to provide appropriate housing and to support landlords in ensuring tenants meet their obligations to their properties and neighbourhood.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Dominic Beck, said: “Thurcroft and Parkgate are areas that have a high reliance on the private sector for their housing needs. The Council recognises that there are many good and responsible landlords, and we hope they welcome these steps to ensure all landlords work to the same level.

“The proposals will help to ensure those landlords who currently cut corners and compete unfairly are brought under the spotlight and forced to improve their management standards.”

All residents and business addresses in the proposed areas are being sent a summary of the proposals for their area and a questionnaire to complete and return to the council to capture their views. Landlords are also being contacted directly as part of the consultation.

The 10-week consultation closes on Sunday 23 December 2018.

For more information please:

Go to the landlord licensing webpage