On 8 January 2019 the Council’s Cabinet approved recommendations to conduct a consultation on proposals to designate certain sections of the city as subject to Selective Licensing for privately rented properties under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004.
The consultation commenced on 9 January 2019 and ended on 20 March 2019.
Following the outcome of the consultation a further report, including the results of the consultation and the structure of the scheme, was submitted to Full Council on 14 January 2020 recommending that it not progress with the proposed Selective Licensing scheme at this time. This was approved by Cabinet and Full Council.
Coventry Council is committed to raising the standards of private rented housing within the Coventry area, they have consulted on two proposals that will place tighter controls on the standards of private sector landlords and the behaviour of tenants in neighbourhoods, though there are many tools the council have at their disposal from my own experience the council have always worked well with landlords who have an understanding not only of the law but also who show that they’re a good landlord and show due diligence, as I’m sure you can all guess as my time at the helm of Studentcircle lettings, I have truly seen some horrific sights from landlords who genuinely thought their houses were amazing, the cream of the crop for me to be standing mouth wide open aghast at the lack of safety and thought.
Though it is another fee for the landlord to pay I believe it will over time get rid of the kind of landlord that gives us a bad name, though my one fear is that slowly we are getting rid of the caring landlords who though looking at it as a business do put that extra effort in to landlords who look at paper and margins, we’ve already seen a change.
The council are still working out the exact process for the Licensing process and if you haven’t already please do check their website and signup up to their landlord’s forum mailing list
Some useful information as provided by Coventry city council, this applies to all landlords’ residential landlords whether you deal with student accommodation or working professionals:
- It is worth knowing that the application process will be the same as the existing HMO application process.Please GOTO coventry.gov.uk/hmo for more details
Landlords will not have to perform any additional works or alterations to their properties as a result of their properties becoming licensable. However, they will need to ensure that all of their HMO properties meet the relevant standards of fire safety and amenity provision
- If you haven’t already please sign up to the Coventry City Councils newsletter via the Landlord Forum mailing list
Further information regarding this can also be found at: www.coventry.gov.uk/propertylicensing