Information on selective licensing scheme

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Dear Sir or Madam,

I would like to make a Freedom of Information request about your selective licensing scheme for landlords.

Please could you supply me with as much as possible of the following information:

1. The number of landlords and private rented properties currently registered in the selective licensing scheme
2. Any estimate you hold of the number of private rented properties in the selective licensing area that remain unlicensed
3. Whether the scheme is self-funding, or supported by other council or central government revenue; and if the latter, an estimate of how much revenue has been supplied since the inception of the scheme
4. The number of landlords with properties within the selective licensing area who have been prosecuted since selective licensing was introduced for either a) failing to obtain a license under the selective licensing scheme or b) other offences under Parts 1 and 2 of the Housing Act 2004
5. Any information available on how the fees for the scheme were calculated
6. And finally, any evaluation you have carried out on the impact of the scheme.

Thanks very much for your help, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can clarify any of these requests.

Yours faithfully,

Anna Smith

Susan Kaewchaluay, Burnley Borough Council

Hello

 

Please find the response to your Freedom of Information below:

 

“I would like to make a Freedom of Information request about your
selective licensing scheme for landlords.

Please could you supply me with as much as possible of the following
information:

1. The number of landlords and private rented properties currently
registered in the selective licensing scheme

2388 applications registered for properties
1265 applicants are registered
2. Any estimate you hold of the number of private rented properties in the
selective licensing area that remain unlicensed

434 

3. Whether the scheme is self-funding, or supported by other council or
central government revenue; and if the latter, an estimate of how much
revenue has been supplied since the inception of the scheme

The scheme is self funding.
4. The number of landlords with properties within the selective licensing
area who have been prosecuted since selective licensing was introduced for
either a) failing to obtain a license under the selective licensing scheme
or b) other offences under Parts 1 and 2 of the Housing Act 2004

4 a  25 landlords representing 41 properties have been successfully
prosecuted for the failure to apply for a licence. In
addition, there have been 17 financial civil penalties served
4 b 2 landlords have been served with civil penalties for breaching a
condition of their licence.

 5. Any information available on how the fees for the scheme were
calculated
The fee is determined by calculating the average costs required to process
the application, i.e. staffing costs, initial contact/notification,
reminder letters, receipt and processing of application, requesting
further information where appropriate. The fee charged is to cover the
cost of implementing the scheme, and is split into two parts, the
application fee and a further fee upon granting the licence.
 6. And finally, any evaluation you have carried out on the impact of the
scheme."
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Regards

Susan Kaewchaluay

Freedom of Information

Link Officer

 

Susan Kaewchaluay
Team Support Officer
Housing & Dev Control

Ext 3196
01282 425011

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