A new scheme that gives Gedling Borough Council powers to make privately rented homes based in Netherfield better for people to live in is to launch in October.
The scheme, known as Selective Licensing, will make it mandatory for landlords to have licences for each of their private rented properties in the Netherfield area.
The licence requires that landlords meet a minimum standard of accommodation for residents. The council will work with landlords and residents to improve the area but where necessary use the licensing conditions and enforcement powers to bring about improvements.
Selective Licensing can be applied in areas where there is deprivation, high levels of antisocial behaviour, high levels of crime, high levels of migration and poor housing conditions. The licensing will give the council’s Environmental Health team powers to do more when landlords are not taking steps to deal with issues relating to property standards.
Consultation on the new scheme took place between October and December last year. Landlords and residents were consulted and 83 responses were received through the council’s website. The scheme was officially approved by Councillors in March 2018.
The council also consulted East Midlands Property Owners Group and the National Landlords Association to seek their views when developing the scheme. Local landlord accreditation provider Decent and Safe Homes (DASH) have seen a 500% increase in landlords, with properties in the borough, signing up to become accredited landlords.
The scheme goes live on October 1 and landlords with properties in Netherfield must apply as soon as possible.
Each licence will cost £490 for landlords accredited with DASH and £640 for non-accredited landlords.
The scheme lasts for five years. The cost per property spread over the 5 year period is equivalent to £2.50 per week for each property. The council will not be taking enforcement action for failure to apply if applications are received by the 1 November. It is a criminal offence to rent out a property without a licence.
Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Cllr David Ellis said: “I’m delighted that the scheme is going live in October, we’ve made sure that residents and landlords are aware of the new scheme and we will continue to support landlords to get signed up before the go live date.
“The standards set out in the scheme will improve housing conditions and property management in Netherfield. It will also have a longer term effect of reducing anti-social behaviour and crime which can be linked to areas with deprivation and poor living conditions.”
Giles Inman, business development manager at East Midlands Property Owners Group said: “We are very supportive of the introduction of this selective licensing scheme.
“By introducing it in one area first rather than the entire borough, it makes the scheme a lot easier to manage. Officers will also carry out further inspections during the five year process which will benefit tenants and ensure they are safeguarded.”