People in Stoke-on-Trent are being invited to have their say on city council plans to designate 14 areas under ‘selective licensing laws’ for private landlords, as part of its plans to tackle poor property conditions and management practices in areas with high levels of private rented accommodation.
Following a recent consultation and feedback received, a number of changes are being made to the selective licensing proposals, including changes to the fees and payment arrangements, removing some of the selective licensing conditions, as well as changes to the ‘fit and proper person’ criteria.
Cllr Randy Conteh, Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s cabinet member for housing, communities and safer city, said: “We have received an incredible amount of feedback about the selective licensing proposals and officers have been working hard to analyse it.
“We want people to know that the feedback is being considered very carefully, and we have suggested a number of changes to the proposals as a result – showing that we are listening to those who have taken the time to contact us.
“Some poor condition properties – leading to low demand and unsettled communities can along with other social and economic problems seriously undermine any efforts to build a thriving and prosperous city.
“This is why we are considering the introduction of selective licensing in these areas which have high levels of private rented accommodation and experience poor housing conditions and other issues. However, at this stage the decision as to whether or not to adopt the scheme has not been decided and ultimately Cabinet members will be making the final decision.”
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