Selective Licensing was introduced by the Housing Act 2004; it allows local housing authorities to designate areas experiencing low housing demand and/or significant and persistent anti-social behaviour. A designation can be in force for a maximum of 5 years.
Within the designated areas of Stanton Hill and Sutton Central all privately rented properties now require a licence to operate from the 1st February 2017. The owner of the rented property will need to make an application to the Council for a licence for each property. The licence will contain a series of conditions that the licence holder must meet. Breaches of licence conditions are a criminal offence, as is the failure to apply for a licence which could lead to a prosecution and an unlimited fine.
The licence is valid for a maximum of five years and will contain a series of conditions that the licence holder must meet. Breaches of licence conditions are a criminal offence, as is the failure to apply for a licence which could lead to a prosecution and an unlimited fine.
The implementation of the Selective Licensing scheme will lead to a more collaborative approach to dealing with chronic disrepair matters that might otherwise not have been the case. If the Council receives a disrepair complaint in respect of a property from the Selective Licensing area, the property is inspected under the terms of the Selective Licensing scheme (if it has not already been the subject of such an inspection). The support that the Council can offer to the landlord under the Selective Licensing scheme fosters more of a partnership approach than going through the traditional enforcement route, which is more formal in nature.
The implementation of the Selective Licensing scheme will require formal enforcement action in a comparatively small number of cases. A collaborative approach developed through the Selective Licensing designation will enable Council officers to work informally with landlords to ensure that, in most cases, any outstanding repairs are completed. Ashfield District Council will, in order to facilitate all landlords with their applications, accept applications with some discounted fees (subject to council agreement) up until the 1st May 2017.
The selective licensing officers can be contacted directly by telephone on 01623 457186 or 01623 457363 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or post for the attention of the Selective Licensing officer at : Private Sector Enforcement, Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 8DA.