Success for Burnley landlord licence scheme
BURNLEY Council could enforce tighter controls on landlords in the Queensgate and Gannow areas if its selective licensing scheme is extended.
The scheme, aimed to stamping out anti-social behaviour and improving housing standards, was introduced in the Trinity ward in 2007.
Now it could be extended to two more wards if councillors on the executive committee agree at a meeting next week.
Michelle Hall, from Burnley Council’s housing team, said: “Poor housing management and low standards in the private rented sector can contribute to the failure of a local housing market.
“People leave the area, house prices fall, speculative landlords move in, and the local community becomes weaker. Low demand and anti-social behaviour can result in unsettled communities, along with other social and economic problems.
“These can undermine efforts to regenerate an area. Selective licensing was introduced in the 2004 Housing Act; it focuses on the management of private rented properties in areas in low demand and/or with anti-social behaviour.
“The key aim of the legislation is to improve landlords’ management of these properties, helping to regenerate the area and ensure that accommodation is managed effectively.” The scheme in Trinity was in the news last week when the Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) raised con cerns over Coun Howard Baker’s role in the scheme.
Coun Baker has been Burnley Council’s executive member for housing and development since May 2012 and is also a Trinity ward councillor.
The body complained to the council’s chief executive, Steve Rumbelow, and called for ‘an immediate suspension’ of the consultation, but Coun Baker denied any wrongdoing.
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