Proposed selective licensing schemes are awaiting approval in some areas of Greater Manchester, which could create headaches for buy to let landlords.
These schemes - in Salford and Manchester - require private landlords to obtain a licence from the local authority for each property they rent out in the specific area. Fees for each licence can range from £500 to £750.
Soon there could be up to eight separate selective licensing areas in Salford and Manchester if proposed schemes are approved.
Currently, selective licensing schemes are being run by Manchester City Council or Salford City Council in Broughton, Barton and Eccles, Crumpsall, Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley.
The outcome of a consultation into a proposed scheme in Rusholme and Moss Side is still awaited.
Landlords can have their say – Moston, Old Moat, Charlestown and Lower Kersal
Landlords still have several weeks to give their views on the proposals currently under review in Old Moat, Moston, and Charlestown and Lower Kersal by clicking on the relevant links below:
Why selective licensing?
Online publication LandlordToday reported that:
Manchester City Council says they “believe selective licensing will improve the management of privately rented properties and contribute positively to improving neighbourhoods”; while Salford City Council says that licensing will “encourage investment in our city and a thriving private rented market.”
We reported late last year how some landlords in Peterborough who hadn’t signed up to their local selective licensing scheme were told they would face “robust enforcement action” and fines.
Further reading: Landlord licensing by local authorities