Consultation on Selective Licensing of Private Rented Properties in Scarborough
Scarborough Borough Council has started a major consultation programme for the Selective Licensing of private rented properties in parts of the Castle and North Bay wards in Scarborough.Selective Licensing is where all privately rented properties within a designated area will need to be licensed by the council. Selective Licensing was introduced within the Housing Act 2004 under Part 3, Section 80 and allows local housing authorities to designate areas suffering from a range of problems including poor property conditions, large amounts of inward migration, a high level of deprivation or high levels of crime.
The period of designation lasts for five years and will include mandatory and discretionary conditions, aimed at ensuring licensed properties are safe, meet basic standards and managed in a satisfactory way. The proposed scheme will be delivered in partnership with the Community Impact Team, which includes the council’s Community Safety Team, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
All information about the consultation, including the proposed licensing conditions and the list of streets planned for inclusion in the scheme, can be found on the council’s website at www.scarborough.gov.uk/consultation
The council has also planned three drop-in sessions, at which full details of the proposals will be available:
Tuesday 24 May 1.30pm to 5.00pm The Base, 46 Cross Street
Wednesday 8 June 2.30pm to 7.00pm The Rainbow Centre, Castle Road
Tuesday 21 June 3.00pm to 7.00pm Scarborough Bowls Centre, Peasholm Road
Questionnaires and information on the Selective Licensing scheme are being delivered to all residents and businesses within the proposed areas and will also be sent out to landlords and managing agents of private rented properties.
The consultation will run until Sunday 24 July. Cllr Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing said:
“Selective Licensing would ensure that privately rented properties are managed effectively and meet minimum standards including fire and gas safety. We are also looking to introduce conditions that are aimed at addressing anti-social behaviour in privately rented properties.”Main image copyright Jeff Pearson licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons
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