East Staffordshire Borough Council consults on extending selective licensing

Article Posted -
14 Feb 2020

East Staffordshire Borough Council is seeking views on proposals to extend selective licensing scheme to five streets in Anglesey & Burton, Eton Park, Shobnall and Anglesey & Burton wards. The consultation will close on 30 March 2020 and a link to complete the online landlord and letting agent consultation response form can be found here.

The scheme is being pursued on the basis of poor property standards, anti-social behaviour, low housing demand, migration, deprivation and high levels of crime in the designated wards.

The proposed licence fee for a new single property will be £466 and the cost to licence a HMO will be £569. The council has confirmed that applicants will be able to use the discounts outlined below in conjunction with one another where relevant, they include:

  • £100 for a valid application for a new licence that is made within six weeks of the scheme being enforced or six weeks of a property being eligible for licensing due to change of tenure.
  • £50 off in the first three months for landlords that belong to a nationally recognised landlord accreditation scheme or have their property managed by an ARLA accredited agent. Applicants should note that the discount will be applied once the scheme provider provides confirmation to verify the accreditation. The discount also applicable for a property being rented for the first time.
  • £50 for multiple properties will be applicable where two or more applications are submitted at the same time and the discount will be levied to the cost of the second application and other applications after that.

What you can do

Landlords are encouraged to respond to the consultation and share their views in order to ensure that the council factors any concerns raised in their decision-making process.

If you have any queries regarding the scheme you can contact East Staffordshire Borough Council by phone on 01283 508578 or email on selectivelicensing@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk. Landlords are encouraged to respond to the consultation which can be accessed on the council website.

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