Agenda item

Selective Licensing within parts of the North Bay, Castle and Central wards

To consider the report of the Director (NE) (reference 18/226) attached

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered a report by the Director (NE) (Reference 18/226) in respect of the introduction of a Selective Licensing Scheme in the ‘Scarborough Central’ area.  Members were advised that the majority of residents and stakeholders in the recent consultation supported the proposals in the report, whilst the majority of landlords were against.  However, given the strong level of support and need for the scheme, the recommendation was to proceed.  Further, analysis of the impact of the first Selective Licensing Scheme ‘Scarborough North’ was very encouraging as reviewed by the Overview and Scrutiny Board in April 2018.  The report also recommended a few amendments to the scheme which had arisen from recent case law.  Members welcomed the new scheme and details of the high numbers of tenants who had been assisted by the current scheme to lift their standard of accommodation.  The Chairman noted the involvement of the Overview and Scrutiny Board in reviewing the first designation, and looked forward to their further involvement in reviewing the impact of the second designation, before proceeding to the third proposal, ‘Scarborough South.’

RESOLVED that the Cabinet:

1)    Note the feedback from the public consultation exercise on the Selective Licensing of private rented accommodation.

 

2)    Recommend to Council the introduction of a Council led scheme for the Selective Licensing of Private Rented Accommodation in the area defined as ‘Scarborough Central’. This area incorporates parts of the North Bay, Castle and Central Wards as shown on the map in Appendix B of the report.

 

3)    Approve the proposed fee structure along with recommended discounts and exemptions.

 

4)    Recommend to Council that agreement is given to prepare and publish a Public Notice of designation under sections 80 and 83 of the Housing Act 2004. This Notice shall allow for the designation of the chosen area for the introduction of a Selective Licensing Scheme. 

 

5)    Instruct officers to begin working up the Business Case for the potential introduction of the next phase of Selective Licensing in the area defined as Scarborough South. This area incorporates parts of the Ramshill Ward as shown in Appendix C of the report.

 

6)    Recommend to Council amendments to its policy for the Selective Licensing of Private Rented Accommodationas highlighted within the report.

 

Reasons

The Council has been operating a scheme for the Selective Licensing of Private Rented Accommodation in parts of the North Bay and Castle Wards since July 2017.

 

In May 2018 Cabinet considered report 18/097 and approved the business case for the introduction of a second phase of Selective Licensing within parts of the Castle, Central and North Bay Wards. Officers were instructed to undertake a public consultation exercise on these proposals.

 

This report provides an overview of the consultation responses. The report seeks approval to introduce Selective Licensing in an area defined as ‘Scarborough Central’ (see appendix B). The report seeks approval for the adoption of the fee structure. Approval is also required in order to take forward the formal designation of the proposed area. In addition a further recommendation is needed in order to start working up the Business Case for the next proposed phase of the scheme.

 

Finally the report also seeks approval to make some minor amendments to the Council’s Selective Licensing Policy. These amendments are needed to ensure that policy reflects recent case law. 

 

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