The council is consulting with stakeholders on its proposals to designate the Burnley Wood with Healey Wood and Leyland Road area as selective licensing areas. The council believes there is sufficient evidence to show that these two areas are suffering from low demand for housing.
Consultation Dates: 9th August - 24th October 2021
Which areas are affected?
The council is proposing to designate parts of Burnley Wood with Healey Wood, and the Leyland Road area. A list of streets included in the proposed boundary can be found by clicking on the links below:
Why is the council proposing these schemes?
Selective licensing has been operating in these two areas since November 2016. The schemes come to an end in November 2021. The council has reviewed the progress of both schemes, and believes that whilst both areas have seen improvements, there is still sufficient evidence to show that both areas would benefit from further designations, due to low demand for housing.
Click here to read a summary of the reasons for the consultation, or for a more detailed look at the evidence behind the proposals, and what we hope to achieve with the schemes, read our Statement of Case.
How is the council consulting with stakeholders?
The council has contacted all known persons who would likely be affected by the scheme, asking for their comments on the proposals. Questionnaires have been sent to those houses within and near to the proposed boundaries, and we have emailed or written to all known landlords and agents operating in the affected areas. Stakeholders can complete and return a paper questionnaire, or complete a survey by following the link in their email/letter.
Those with an interest can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also hosting drop in sessions for residents, landlords and anyone else with an interest in the scheme to meet with the licensing team to discuss the proposals. Click on the links below to view the questionnaires for each area, which also include the dates and times of the drop in sessions.
How much is it going to cost?
The licensing legislation allows the authority to request a fee to accompany each licensing application. Click here to view the Proposed Fee Structure.
What does having a licence actually mean?
In order to operate in a licensing area, landlords must apply for and be granted a licence. In order for the licence to be granted, the landlord and/or agent must show that they are a fit and proper person to manage the property, and that they have appropriate management in place. They must also supply documents which prove the house is being managed correctly, such as a valid gas safety certificate, electrical report, and tenancy agreement. Once a licence is granted, the licence holder is bound by a set of conditions relating to the management of the property. If a landlord breaches a condition of the licence, or operates without one, they are committing an offence, which could result in prosecution or the serving of a financial penalty of up to £30,000.
The council recognises that there are many good landlords and agents operating in Burnley, and we want to continue to work with them to raise standards in private renting, and to level the playing field. Licensing allows us to ensure that all landlords are operating to the same standard, and that good landlords are not being undercut by those undertaking unscupulous practices.
I still have questions...
Are you a landlord or agent operating in these areas? Click here to view our Landlord & Agent Briefing.