Residents and landlords are to be consulted by yet another council wanting to renew its selective licensing regime - saying it helps stop house prices falling.
Two schemes in Burnley are due to come to an end in November.
The council has been operating selective licensing since October 2008, as part of what it claims is “a wider regeneration strategy for the borough.”
The local authority says its aim is to support landlords and tenants and improve housing management in the private rented sector “to help tackle issues such as falling house prices, anti-social behaviour, and general deprivation.”
A report to the council has said that both areas had seen improvements in the five years that selective licensing has been operating there.
These apparently include a fall in the number of housing disrepair complaints received by the council have reduced, improvements to property and area security measures, and a decrease in empty houses.
“There has also been a fall in anti social behaviour and environmental crime, and a rise in average house prices” says the council.
Councillor John Harbour, responsible for housing, says: “Selective licensing has been effective in improving certain areas of our borough and tenants, landlords and the wider communities have all benefited from the initiative.
“It’s now time to consider whether selective licensing should continue in these areas and we want to hear from all those effected so we can make an informed decision.”
An 11-week public consultation is likely to start on August 9.
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