Salford City Council is considering designating selective licensing in parts of the Barton and Eccles wards for a five-year period.
Selective licensing requires certain landlords who privately rent properties in the proposed area to obtain a licence from the council. If granted, a licence will be issued with a number of conditions which the landlord must comply with. It is a criminal offence to operate a privately rented property without a licence. A landlord will also commit a criminal offence if they fail to comply with any of the conditions of a licence. The proposed licence conditions can be found below.
Prior to designating an area for selective licensing, the council is required by law to consult with people, businesses and organisations that are likely to be affected by the proposals and also consider any views fully before making a decision. The council have produced a consultation document which sets out a detailed explanation of the proposals and explains selective licensing in more detail. If you wish to view the consultation document, you can find it below along with a map and street list of the proposed area.
We ran a twelve week consultation exercise which ended on 25 August 2014. We received responses from landlords, managing agents and residents, as well as a comprehensive response from the Residential Landlords Association. We also received a petition, signed by some 1,100 residents which stated:
"We, the undersigned, ask Salford City Council not to proceed with their selective landlord licensing proposals in Eccles as we think it will create more empty property in Eccles and reduce home values by making it uncompetitive for landlords to buy property in the area, so creating ever more problems for Eccles but instead to increase demand to live in Eccles by a big reduction in Salford's high and uncompetitive council tax."
The following documents can be downloaded from this page:
If you have any questions regarding these proposals and you can't find the answer on our frequently asked questions page, please do not hesitate to contact us.
If you are unable to view documents of these types, our downloads page provides links to viewing software.