Proposals to consult on a Selective Licensing scheme in four key areas of Barnsley will be put forward to Cabinet next week.
Selective Licensing aims to raise the standards of privately rented properties and improve conditions for tenants. As part of proposals landlords would be required to apply for a licence and meet a series of conditions to make sure they provide good and well managed accommodation. The scheme would also aim to:
- Address significant and persistent problems of anti-social behaviour.
- Support the council’s wider work around housing, homelessness, environmental crime and dealing with housing management
- Target poor landlords and support responsible ones
- Help tenants to easily identify who is responsible for their home.
Members will be asked to approve plans to begin gathering views on the introduction of the scheme in the following areas:
- Elsecar - Welland Crescent
- Goldthorpe - Beever Street, Victoria Street, Cross Street, Cooperative Street and Claycliffe Terrace
- Measbrough Dyke - Pindar Street, Seth Terrace, Evelyn Terrace, Sunderland Terrace, Osbourne Street, Ivy Terrace, Burton Terrace, Junction street and Terrace, Jubilee Terrace, Victor Terrace, Doncaster Road ( 174-278) and King Georges Terrace.
- Wombwell - John St, Mount Terrace and William street, Blythe Street, Main Street, Bond Street, Myrtle Road, Victoria Road, York Street, Frederick Street, Princess Street, Bartholomew Street, Barnsley Road, West Street and School Street
Cllr Jenny Platts, Cabinet Spokesperson for Communities, said: “We recognise the crucial role private landlords play in creating strong and sustainable housing and meeting the housing needs of many people across Barnsley.
“The rise in the number of private rented properties over the past few years has brought some challenges within our communities. The proposed Selective Licensing scheme would aim to reduce anti-social behaviour, drive up housing standards and protect tenants, landlords and the local community.”
If approved by Cabinet Members, the council will undertake a 10 week consultation period where tenants, landlords and residents will be asked for their views. More information can be found at www.barnsley.gov.uk/selectivelicensing