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More Selective Licensing Proposed for Scarborough

More Selective Licensing Proposed for Scarborough

Published by Jon Burke at 11:19am 20th January 2020.

Scarborough Borough Council is embarking on a major consultation programme for the Selective Licensing of private rented properties in parts of the Weaponness and Ramshill ward in Scarborough.

Selective Licensing is where all privately rented properties within a designated area have to be licensed by the council. Selective Licensing allows local housing authorities to designate areas suffering from a range of problems including poor property conditions, large amounts of inward migration, a high level of deprivation, or high levels of crime.

The period of designation lasts for five years and includes mandatory and discretionary conditions aimed at ensuring licensed properties are safe, meet basic standards and are managed in a satisfactory way.

The consultation starts today (20 January) and will last for a period of ten weeks, ending on 31 March. A questionnaire and information on the Selective Licensing scheme, including the proposed list of streets that would be part of the scheme, will be delivered to all residents and businesses within the area and will also be sent out to landlords and managing agents of private rented properties. The documents are also available online at scarborough.gov.uk/consultation

Public information sessions on the proposed scheme will be held on the following dates:

·           Tuesday 28 January: 2.00pm to 5.00pm - Town Hall, Scarborough

·           Friday 7 February: 2.00pm to 5.00pm - St Andrews Church Hall, Ramshill Road, Scarborough

·           Friday 28 February: 1.00pm to 5.00pm:  South Cliff Methodist Church, Filey Road, Scarborough

Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Operations, Cllr Janet Jefferson, said:

“Selective Licensing would ensure that privately rented properties in Weaponness and Ramshill are managed effectively and meet minimum standards including gas safety, property management and energy performance. We are also looking to introduce conditions, which are aimed at addressing anti-social behaviour in privately rented properties.”

The proposed scheme for Weaponness and Ramshill will be delivered in partnership with the Community Impact Team, which includes the council’s Community Safety Team, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue.

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