Harrow Council has identified areas where there are a number of badly managed and poorly maintained properties which are linked to anti social behaviour. To overcome these problems
Harrow Council is considering introducing selective licensing scheme in the designated area of Roxbourne and Roxeth Wards and would like to extend the scheme over five years borough wide. Map is enclosed showing the roads affected.
Working in partnership with the Police, landlords, agents, tenants etc, we aim to tackle anti-social behaviour and improve areas in low housing demand. We want to improve the area to make it attractive for people to want to live, work and invest in the area.
If the Selective Licensing scheme is introduced, all private rented properties would be required to apply for a licence. This will enable the Council to ensure that fire safety standards, basic amenities and general management of rented properties are being met. A £550 fee would be applied, for up to a 5 year licence.
The results of the consultation will enable the Council to ensure if through the introduction of the Selective Licensing scheme, the Council would be able to eliminate your concerns. We will not give your personal information to anyone else. The information we receive helps us to see if the people who fill in our questionnaires reflect the different groups of people who live in the borough. Under the Data Protection Act 1998, we require your consent to process it. When you fill in the boxes below you are giving your consent.
Why These Areas?
The Government published guidance for Local Authorities in 2015 around Selective Licensing, stating it is applicable where there is a high level of private rented properties (considered anything over 19% of the area) and suffering from one or more of the following:
- low housing demand (or is likely to become such an area)
- a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour;
- poor property conditions;
- high levels of migration;
- high level of deprivation
- high levels of crime.
The latest census data shows Roxeth has a 22.5% private rented sector and Roxbourne has 23.69%. Additionally, research from 2012 as well as on going has shown high levels (and increasing) of crime and disorder, especially ASB. Just under a third of properties suffer from multiple deprivation indicators, and over 48% of the population in these wards are from outside the UK. Therefore these Wards do appear to meet the criteria for such a scheme.
You can complete the consultation here, which closes April 28, 2017.