Call for views on Selective Licensing

Call for views on Selective Licensing

Walsall Council is asking for views on a proposal that aims to tackle rogue landlords and improve private rented housing conditions.

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Walsall Council is asking for views on a proposal that aims to tackle rogue landlords and improve private rented housing conditions.

Private landlords, letting agents, local businesses and residents are being urged to have their say on the scheme that, if approved, will require private landlords to ensure that the properties they let out meet a range of licensing conditions. The scheme, known as Selective Licensing, is proposed for Willenhall as well as Walsall Town Centre and adjoining areas.

Councillor Diane Coughlan, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care said:

‘The majority of private landlords accept that residents living in privately rented properties should be able to expect decent accommodation. Selective licensing will give the council certain powers to ensure that all privately rented properties in these two areas meet minimum standards.’

Letters, questionnaires and flyers have been sent to addresses throughout the two proposed areas, inviting interested parties to have their say and help shape the final scheme.

Responses to the consultation have been coming in since it was launched in October. If you received a questionnaire please take a few minutes to respond. The council is particularly keen to hear from private landlords and letting agents before 8 January when the consultation period ends.

For more information go to the web page go.walsall.gov.uk/selective_licensing