Salford City Council has today (Tuesday 16 November 2021) launched a consultation seeking views on plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme in parts of Eccles, Barton and Winton.
The scheme would give the council the power to ensure that all private landlords who rent out a property to a household in the proposed area must have a licence and abide by rules set by the council. The area will consist of specific streets in and around Eccles.
It means that the council can ensure all licensed properties are safe, meeting the needs of their residents and are well-managed.
Should landlords break the rules such as operating a property without a licence, this would be considered as a criminal offence under the scheme which allows the council to take legal action.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor Tracy Kelly, lead member for housing, property and regeneration said: “Selective licensing is a vital tool that allows us to work with the private rented sector to hold rogue landlords to account and ensure that local people have access to flexible, affordable and well-managed homes.
“It will help us to continue to stimulate the wider Eccles housing market and open it up for further regeneration as a place where people want to live and stay longer.
“We would invite all interested parties keen to have their say on the plans to get involved in the consultation and share their views.”
Parts of Barton and Eccles were previously subject to a selective licensing scheme from January 2015 to January 2020 and the evidence obtained from that scheme has persuaded the council that the scheme can continue to have a positive impact for the area.
The proposed area continues to have low housing demand which is partly shaped by a very low level of owner occupation and an increasingly higher-than-average level of homes in the private rented sector. Renters have also reported concerns around the condition of the properties available for rent.
These issues could continue to be tackled by the scheme which will seek to support renters in the area to have access to flexible, affordable and well-managed homes. It will also help to increase property values in the area as it improves with residents wanting to live there and stay there longer.
The selective licensing consultation is available to access online. It runs from today (16 November 2021) until 8 February 2022.