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Selective Licensing - Consulation open till 30 January 2020

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council gained agreement on 5 September 2019 from the members of the Licensing and Regulatory Committee to commence consultation on introducing a selective licensing scheme for South Wigston.

Much of the information the Council has researched and an explanation of the legislation and the issues the Council have had to identify can be found at: Selective Licensing An Introduction (Word Document, 668.29 Kb)

The Housing Act 2004 gives Councils the power to introduce Selective Licensing Schemes for privately rented properties in order to improve standards of management in the private rented sector (PRS) and lead to an improvement of the area. South Wigston has been selected as it has areas of high crime and anti-social behaviour and almost one in three properties in the private rented sector currently fail to meet the ‘decent homes standard’. This can have an adverse impact on the health and welfare of the tenants and the wider community.

Crime figures derived from the Police.UK website for the year October 2018 - September 2019 per head of population can be found at: Crime comparison between OWBC areas (Word Document, 421.7 Kb)

The decency homes standard requires a property to be free from a category 1 hazard under the Housing, Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS):HHSRS 29 Hazards (PDF Document, 346.36 Kb)

The number of Housing investigations in relation to disrepair undertaken by postcode: Housing complaints by Post Code (Word Document, 13.12 Kb)

Landlords and Agents are responsible for the correct deposit of the tenancy deposit in an authorised Government scheme further details are available at https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection The landlord must provide the tenant information within 30 days on the scheme that the deposit has been placedfurther information can be found at:https://www.gov.uk/tenancy-deposit-protection/information-landlords-must-give-tenants

The Index of Multiple Deprivation South Wigston Ward (Word Document, 564.09 Kb) indicates that the area of South Wigston is the 4th worst area of multiple deprivation out of 34 within the Borough.

Leicestershire County Council produced a document on the Inequalities in Life Expectancy between Oadby and Wigston an Extract can be found here: Extracts from the Inequalities in Life Expectancy between Oadby and Wigston (Word Document, 15.78 Kb) for the full document please follow the link:http://moderngov.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/documents/s18773/Appendix%202%20-%20Inequality%20in%20Life%20Expectancy%20between%20Oadby%20Wigston%20Full%20Report.pdf

Aim of the scheme

The scheme aims to improve the standard of housing and raise pride in the area and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour by ensuring that private landlords meet satisfactory standards or tenancy and property management.

The Selective Licensing scheme would apply in the South Wigston Ward initially, an area bounded by Dorset Avenue to the north and Saffron Road to the west, the railway line to the east and the canal to the south.

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council commenced their consultation on 6 September 2019 which closed 14 November 2019. Having reviewed the issues raised it has been decided to extend the Consultation and provide additional information on the reasons for the Selective Licensing be investigated within the South Wigston Ward.

The consultation is now extended to 30 January 2020.

The Council will be directly addressing landlords, letting Agents and responsible agencies within this phase of the Consultation. However, anyone may feedback their comments through the consultation survey link below.

As part of the consultation the Council is enquiring of Landlords and Agents what would be an acceptable fee for the licence taking into account the cost of administration and the cost of enforcement. This question is available within the landlord questionnaire below.

Residents from South Wigston consultation survey

Landlords from South Wigston consultation survey

The Council will be holding two meetings for Landlords and |Letting Agents inthe Council Chamber at the Council Offices, Station Road, Wigston, Leicestershire, LE18 2DR.

Landlord and Letting Agents Meetings

7th January 2020 - 12pm - 2pm

9th January 2020 - 5pm - 7pm

To reserve a place at the meeting please contact Alfie.Newberry-Avison@oadby-wigston.gov.uk

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