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Selective Licensing of Private Rented Accommodation in Roxbourne and Roxeth Wards

Report of the Divisional Director of Environment and  Culture.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          having considered the evidence, consultation responses and the additional information set out in the report, Roxbourne and Roxeth Wards, delineated and edged in red on the map at Appendix C to the report, be designated as being subject to Selective Licensing;

 

(2)          the designation take effect from 1 February 2018 for a period of five years;

 

(3)          the Council accept applications for Selective Licensing from 1 January 2018, in anticipation of the Scheme coming into effect on 1 February 2018;

 

(4)          the licence fee of £550 be noted and a discount of £75 on that fee, where applicable, be approved;

 

(5)          the Corporate Director of Community, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment, be authorised to take all steps necessary to publicise, commence and administer the Scheme;

 

(6)          it be noted that the Scheme and the operation of the designation would be reviewed as and when required in line with Department of Culture and Local Government: Selective Licensing in the PrivateRentedSector – a guide for local authorities;

 

(7)          the Corporate Director of Community, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Environment, be authorised to amend and approve discretionary licensing conditions;

 

(8)          that a review of the Scheme be submitted to the quarterly Improvement Board. 

 

Reason for Decision:  To help address issues of anti-social behaviour, deprivation, migration and crime in the Roxbourne and Roxeth Wards, in line with the Corporate Priorities of making a difference to residents, community, businesses and the vulnerable.

 

Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.

 

Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

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