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Council to consult on proposals to tackle poor standards of private rented housing in Wirral
January 22 @ 15:00 - 18:00
One event on January 17, 2018 at 3:00pm
One event on January 22, 2018 at 15:00
One event on January 25, 2018 at 3:00pm
One event on January 26, 2018 at 3:00pm
Wirral’s Cabinet has given the go ahead for a consultation on plans to extend selective licensing for private landlords to a further four proposed areas in the Borough, and to amend the current licence conditions.
The extension to selective licensing in specific, targeted areas would help to stabilise these neighbourhoods by declaring an intention to drive up property management practice and property standards in the private rented sector as well as helping to solve other issues contributing to low demand within a neighbourhood.
The proposed areas are Birkenhead Central, Birkenhead West, Hamilton Square and Seacombe St Paul’s. For details of the areas, please look at the maps available on the Council website or call into one of the following drop in events:
- (4pm-7pm) Tuesday 16th January 2018 – Charing Cross Methodist Church, Claughton Rd, Birkenhead
- (4pm-7pm) Wednesday 17th January 2018 – Birkenhead Town Hall, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead
- (3pm-6pm) Monday 22nd January 2018 – St Paul’s Children’s Centre, St Paul’s Road, Seacombe
- (4pm-7pm) Thursday 25th January 2018 – Birkenhead YMCA, Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead
- (4pm-7pm) Friday 26th January 2018 – Wallasey Town Hall, Brighton Street, Wallasey
The extension to selective licensing would legally require landlords in the proposed areas to apply for a licence from the Council to rent their property out to tenants. Licenses can be revoked if properties are not up to a good standard.
Licence conditions for the current scheme were previously consulted on and agreed in 2015. Since then, there has been some new legislation introduced by Government on things like carbon monoxide alarms and Right to Rent, so it is proposed that the licence conditions are updated with some additional clauses. This will not incur any additional licence cost to existing licenced landlords.
The consultation is open until 21st March 2018 and we would like to invite you to complete a questionnaire which can be found on the Council website so that your views can be taken into account.
For more information and to complete the questionnaire, please go to www.wirral.gov.uk/selectivelicensing. If you would like a paper copy of the questionnaire, please contact Wirral Council on 0151 691 8156 or attend one of the drop in sessions above.