Blackpool’s battle to hold landlords accountable for tenant actions
A dedicated anti-social behavior officer works with landlords at the Blackpool center on measures to control unruly tenants.
The position is funded through the Central Selective Licensing Scheme designed to raise standards in the private rental housing industry.
Launched in 2019, it is expected to last until 2024 and is the fourth selective licensing program in Blackpool.
Blackpool Council Housing Law Enforcement Officer Alex Bracken told an audit committee meeting that a key part of the program is to ensure that properties are properly managed and that owners were responsible.
Providing an update on advisors, she said: âI can say with great certainty that landlords now know they are responsible for tenant behavior.
“They didn’t accept it at first, but they are doing it now.”
Depending on their property, owners pay Â£ 775 to Â£ 1,090 for their license, with a 30% discount if they meet Blackpool standard requirements.
Ms Bracken added, âThere is an anti-social behavior officer attached to the program and this role is specifically to engage with landlords, take enforcement action if necessary, but also deal with problematic tenants.
âWe get a lot of cases where tenants are costing landlords huge amounts of money in repairs and anti-social behavior.
âSo that has been really essential in working with landlords to resolve tenant issues because we have a lot of traffic in Blackpool. “
Although it is too early to have figures showing the impact of the measures in the center of Blackpool, a previous selective licensing scheme covering Claremont had seen incidents of antisocial behavior fall by 43%, it was told. the meeting.
Selective licenses cover privately rented properties not covered by compulsory or additional licenses that are intended for multiple occupancy houses (HMOs).
There are 1,712 licensed properties in the central area, with eight lawsuits to date for non-licensing.
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