Licensing schemes aimed at improving the management and standards of privately rented properties in that area.
Lancaster City Council currently operates a mandatory licensing scheme across the district as required by law for particular types of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Additional licensing broadens the definition of a HMO, bringing more properties under the remit of HMO licensing.
Selective Licensing is a scheme which allows a local authority to introduce licensing conditions to all other private rented housing within a designated area. Selective Licensing can only be introduced if certain conditions are present:
- Low housing demand
- The area is experiencing a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour and some or all of the private sector landlords are failing to adequately manage anti-social behaviour within their tenancies
Selective Licensing can run for up to five years and can only be renewed with permission from the Secretary of State.
A consultation on the proposed schemes took place from October to December 2017 and an evaluation of the consultation can be viewed here:
Last updated: 01 May 2018