Consultation on licensing private rented properties in West Bromwich

Sandwell Council want your views on a proposal to introduce two new property licensing schemes to improve the local environment and housing conditions for privately rented properties in West Bromwich.

The consultation will run until midnight on 5 April 2020. To complete the online survey, please click here.

The two proposed schemes have been designed to improve the conditions of private rented property, remove rogue landlords from operating and improve the image of the local area.

 

Scheme proposal

Sandwell’s proposal for introducing Additional and Selective Licensing includes:

  • Additional Licensing – a scheme that will require all privately rented houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in the proposed area to be licensed (if they aren’t already under the Mandatory Licensing scheme).
  • Selective Licensing – a scheme that will require all other privately rented properties in the proposed area to be licensed.
  • A set of conditions that all landlords must follow – the council believes that the conditions will lead to better managed properties, a reduction in anti-social behaviour and an improvement in living conditions for tenants.
  • A licence fee that landlords will have to pay – affected landlords will have to pay a fee which will cover the costs of running the scheme.

 

Supporting documents 

1. Consultation proposal

2. Different types of licensing

3. Evidence report

4. Map of proposed designated area

5. Proposed conditions for Additional Licencing

6. Proposed conditions for Selective Licencing

7. Proposed fee structure for Additional Licencing

8. Proposed fee structure for Selective Licensing

9. FAQs: frequency asked questions

10. List of streets within licensing area

 

Have your say

There are a number of ways in which you can have your say on the proposals. These include the online questionnaire, feedback form or public events.

Please read the supporting consultation documents (above) carefully before providing your feedback.

Online questionnaire: To complete the online questionnaire, please click here

Feedback form: To provide more detailed feedback, please click here.

Public events: We will also be holding public meetings for landlords and a series of drop-in sessions for tenants and other members of the public. To find out when and where the meetings and drop-in sessions are taking place please click here. If you are interested in booking a place at one of the meetings, please click here to send an email. 

If you require any further help with the consultation or wish to receive a paper copy of the survey or are having difficulty accessing the information, please contact Adam Knight-Markiegi, Research Director at M·E·L Research on sandwellprs@melresearch.co.uk or freephone 0800 073 0348.

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