Carl Agar, the NLA Local Representative for Doncaster provides the latest blog speaking about Selective Licensing in his City.
The introduction of Selective Licensing can have positive impacts in many communities that have problems.
The NLA fully supports the introduction of Selective Licensing but only when it’s matched with the resources to resolve the problems.
The concern for landlords is that the introduction will be a political show and will not deliver the positive outcomes that tenants and landlords wish to see. It is in the best interest of all parties to work together to fix the problems that arise.
We welcome the additional resources that will be allocated through the introduction of Selective Licensing to tackle anti-social behaviour, litter and criminal activity.
In order to introduce Selective Licensing, an authority will have to show how such a designation will be part of the overall strategic borough wide approach, and how it fits with existing policies on homelessness, empty homes, regeneration and Anti-social behaviour.
This condition is also highlighted in the explanatory note to the Housing Act 2004, which states:
‘In order for a scheme to be approved, such a selective licensing scheme must be shown to be co-ordinated with an authority’s wider strategies to deal with anti-social behaviour and regeneration.’
The concern the NLA have is that the introduction of Selective licensing will increase the cost of living for those tenants in rented housing in Doncaster as some landlords will pass the costs through to the tenants. Therefore, tenants and landlords will have increased cost with very little improvement in the community. The increase in costs for renting property in Doncaster would affect the accessibility of rented property for many hard pressed people.
– Do you have any thoughts on what Carl has said or indeed on Selective Licensing on a whole? We’ll be happy to hear your comments.