Manchester City Council is considering opening public consultation on extending its landlord licensing schemes further across the city.
The council’s executive is set to be asked to approve consultation around extending the selective licensing schemes already in place in four areas of Manchester to up to 12 new locations – covering around 2,500 more homes.
The scheme would introduce compulsory licences for all private rented landlords in specific areas of the city to crack down on poorly managed homes and issues like anti-social behaviour.
The move aims to improve property standard and management around the private rental sector in Manchester, which has doubled in size in the past decade.
Cllr Suzanne Richards, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and regeneration, said: “We have seen some really positive results from the targeted selective licensing schemes already in place in the city – greater compliance with safety standards such as gas safety checks being a key benefit, but also a closer relationship with landlords and tenants.
“We have an opportunity to expand the scope of selective licensing to areas where we know there are a large number of private sector housing and where standards can be improved. But before we begin, it’s important that we speak to people living in those areas and landlords so they understand why a scheme might be introduced and what it will mean for the community.”
Manchester City Council currently has selective licensing schemes running in four areas of the city, covering 1,741 homes in Crumpsall, Moston and Old Moat.
The schemes have led to 281 homes being targeted for follow-up inspections while 214 properties have had improvement works carried out on them.
The 12 areas being considered for new selective licensing schemes include parts of Clayton and Openshaw, Cheetham, Harpurhey, Gorton, Longsight, Rusholme, Moss Side, and Levenshulme.
Prior to the new schemes being implemented, the council will look to consult with property owners, management agents and members of the local community who could be affected.
If agreed by the council’s executive, consultations in the areas set to be affected by the new licensing schemes will begin later this year.
Manchester is not the only city in the North West of England which is re-evaluating its landlord licensing scheme.
Liverpool City Council is currently undertaking consultation on its own new selective licensing scheme which would cover around 80% of private rented properties in Liverpool.