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Selective Licensing in Stoke-on-Trent

Selective Licensing Consultation 

Private Rented Sector Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is proposing to introduce Selective Licensing across the city to improve the quality of housing and to address area decline resulting from high levels of anti-social behaviour, crime & low demand. This means anyone who wishes to rent out a private rented property in the affected areas will need to have a LICENCE to do so.This is now open to CONSULTATION & I would very much like to hear your views as landlords whether this is something you would support.

If Selective Licensing goes ahead, the Council will:
1. Check if the landlord is a "fit and proper person" to be a landlord
2. Make other requirements regarding property conditions & tenancy management

The full list of affected areas are listed here

Fees are £523 for a 5 year licence (£473 for a second property). The fee is high and will impact all our landlords adversely. To recoup that fee, rents would need to rise about £9 per month per property.
 

The consultation is closing on 30 April 2018.

You can submit your views online here

Alternatively: Tel 01782 234234
Email: selectivelicensing@stoke.gov.uk

If you would like to discuss details of the scheme and how the proposals may affect you, you are invited to attend a meeting on 14 March, 4-7pm at Windsor Room, Stoke on Trent City Council, Glebe Street, Stoke, ST4 1HH.
Belvoir Stoke will be attending the meeting on behalf of all our landlords and will report back shortly thereafter.

By using Belvoir, half your battle will be won because we actively manage your property to ensure you comply with legal requirements. However, the Council may go beyond a landlord's strict legal obligation when setting conditions to the licence. Therefore, I would strongly urge everyone to look into this and submit your views to the Council or to us.

Ramona Hirschi
Belvoir Stoke
Tel: 01782 478444
stoke-on-trent@belvoir.co.uk 
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