Selective licensing can be an effective, targeted tool to deliver improved standards and safety in the private rented sector for areas suffering from serious problems. Where selective licensing is poorly designed and not well targeted, it can come at a cost to landlords, which can be passed on to tenants through increased rents.
The Government only holds information on schemes that require the approval of the Secretary of State. Since 2015, schemes which cover more than 20 per cent of a local authority’s private rented stock or geographical area require approval. Eight schemes have been approved by the Secretary of State in the following local authority areas: Blackpool, Brent, Burnley, Hyndburn, Newham, Nottingham, Peterborough and Redbridge.
We are currently conducting an independent review into the effectiveness of selective licensing, through which we are engaging with local authorities about their experience of selective licensing. The final report is due to be published in Spring 2019.