Landlords in parts of Manchester may soon have to apply for a licence to let their properties as part of a trial scheme aimed at improving conditions for tenants.
Manchester council bosses are contemplating the idea of introducing the initiate on an initial trial basis in Crumpsall, Moston, Rusholme and Old Moat, as part of wider efforts to crackdown on rogue landlords, poor housing conditions, anti-social behaviour and overcrowding.
The move comes following persistent lobbying by backbench councillors concerned that some landlords are neglecting their rental properties, allowing bad behaviour by students and other tenants, and actively permitting overcrowding in some properties, particularly in areas with high levels of migration.
If the consultation receives enough support, landlords will almost certainly have to obtain a license in order to rent out their properties.
A similar scheme has been running in parts of Salford for some time, where landlords pay between £425 and £625 for the right to rent.
Manchester tried such a proposal across the north of the city for four years from 2007, but abandoned the move in 2011 after finding it costly and ineffective.
Coun Bernard Priest, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, commented: “We are currently exploring the benefits of a selective licensing scheme to improve housing in targeted areas. Proposals for the scheme will be subject to a full public consultation and I would urge local people to have their say.”