There are new plans for Selective Licensing to be brought in throughout some areas of Manchester.

Manchester City Council is currently consulting on plans to pilot a scheme in Crumpsall, Moston, Rusholme and Old Moat.

The Housing Act 2004, Section 80 currently gives local authorities powers to introduce Selective Licensing of privately rented homes in certain areas that are affected by low housing demand and/or significant anti-social behaviour.

Local residents, landlords and tenants (and any other person likely to be affected by the selective licensing designation) must be consulted prior to the introduction of a licensing scheme. Landlords who rent out properties in an area that is subject to selective licensing are required to obtain a licence from the local authority for each of their properties.

As some of you already will be aware a scheme is already up and running in certain areas of Salford (Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley, Barton, Eccles and Broughton). The fees for the initial licence in these areas currently cost between £575 and £625.