Consultation on new areas for Selective Licensing
On Monday 11 June, Scarborough Borough Council will launch a major consultation programme for the Selective Licensing of private rented properties in parts of the Castle and Central wards in Scarborough.
Selective Licensing involves all privately rented properties within a designated area being 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 includes mandatory and discretionary conditions aimed at ensuring licensed properties are safe, meet basic standards and are managed in a satisfactory way. The proposed scheme will be delivered in partnership with the local Community Impact Team, which includes the council’s own Community Safety Team, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.
A Selective Licensing scheme is already in operation in another part of Castle ward and some streets in the town’s North Bay ward after a successful introduction in July last year.
The consultation for the latest proposal will run from 11 June for a period of 12 weeks until 3 September. Questionnaires and information on the scheme will be delivered to all residents and businesses within the proposed areas and to landlords and managing agents of private rented properties.
Full details about the consultation are available at scarborough.gov.uk/consultation including proposed licensing conditions and the list of streets being considered. The information will also be available at a number of public drop-in sessions, which will be held at Scarborough Town Hall on the following dates:
- Tuesday 26 June 2.00pm to 5.00pm
- Thursday 28 June 2.00pm to 5.00pm
- Monday 9 July 2.00pm to 5.00pm
- Wednesday 11 July 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Councillor Bill Chatt, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Housing said:
"Selective Licensing ensures that privately rented properties are managed effectively and meet minimum standards including gas safety, property management, energy performance etc. We would also look to introduce conditions aimed at addressing anti-social behaviour in privately rented properties."