The government yesterday announced a review to look at how selective licensing is used across the private rental sector in order to find out how well it is working.
In areas where selective licensing applies, landlords must apply for a licence if they want to rent out a property.
Consequently, the council can check whether they are a “fit or proper person” to be a landlord, as well as making other stipulations concerning management of the property and appropriate safety measures.
The review will see independent commissioners gather evidence from local authorities and bodies representing landlords, tenants and housing professionals, with the aim of examining the effectiveness of selective licensing as it is now implemented by many local councils.
The review’s findings will be reported in spring 2019. There will be an update on progress in autumn this year.