Manchester City Council have confirmed that just over 300 properties in Moston will be covered in their selective licensing area.
This will come into force on 23 April 2018 and will have effect until 22 April 2023.
If you rent out a property in this area, you will HAVE to have a License from Manchester City Council. There are a few exceptions, but from our experience and knowledge of the area, Licensing will apply to 99% of the landlords in the zone.
Licenses are per property, not per landlord.
The aim of this scheme is to contribute positively to improving neighbourhoods. Manchester City Council hope that this will
- Make more people want to live in the area
- Make people want to stay in the area for longer
- Reduce the amount of time houses are empty
- Increase Property values as the area imrpoves
- Reduce Crime and antisocial behaviour.
You can view the affected are on this map, or you can see a full street list on the Manchester City Council Website here
A public consultation took place online between 20 March and 2 June 2017. Responses were recorded from 30 Landlords & Agents and 38 Residents.
97% of residents highlighted that houses were in poor condition and 91% reported problems with rubbish and flytipping. 29 of the Residents who responded highlighted issues with poorly managed private rented houses and people moving in and out of the area often.
You can download the full results from the residents survey here
55% of landlords highlighted issues with rubbish and flytipping, and 50% said houses were in poor condition and there were poorly managed private rented houses.
You can download the full results from the landlords survey here
We actively manage around 30 houses in the highlighted area and our office is based on Moston Lane between Stovell Street and Fold Street. We are perfectly placed to help bring about positive change for this small area. The main priorities that we see from the consultation results are:
- Rubbish & Fly Tipping
- Houses in poor condition
- Poorly Managed Private Rental Houses
- People Moving in and Out of the Area often
What can we do?
Rubbish & Fly Tipping
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and is a crime. We checked out Fix My Street and noticed, unsurprisingly that there have been ongoing complaints of fly-tipping in the highlighted zone You can view this interactive tool here
Local community group North City Community Action Group are working really hard to raise awareness of the local rubbish and fly-tipping problems and envoke positive change with the Council. We fully support their efforts and always welcome them to work with us to ensure the tenants and properties that we manage are not contributing to the problem. The very local team at North City Community Action Group are local residents who volunteer their time to help rebuild the communities in and around Moston. You can find out more about them and get involved here
Houses in Poor Condition
There are a number of tenanted and empty houses in poor condition in the highlighted area. Bringing them up to the required minimum standard is going to be costly
Poorly Managed Private Rented Houses
13 years ago, when we setup in Moston, letting and managing private rented houses was an easy enough task, even for the most inexperienced of landlords. As the years have passed, regulations have tightened, expectations have grown, compliance, reporting and monitoring requirements have rocketed and the required systems and procedures that need to be in place for successfully and legally letting a property have become difficult for even the most experienced of landlords.
Whilst 13 years ago using an agency was a nice have to save time and hassle, nowadays its a MUST have to ensure you are fully compliant and covered under all aspects of property law and legislation.
For advice on how to successfully manage your property, or for a free property management health check, call our office on 0161 681 3724 and we’ll be happy to help
People Moving in and Out of the Area Often
The highlighted area on the map is made up of most 2 & 3 bed terraced houses.
Our average length of continual tenancy in the area is 2-3 years (Manchester average 1 year 4 months- source), however in other areas we do see a rise of an average tenancy length being 3-4 years. Whilst our tenant retention rates are above average for the city, we are certain that positive action towards increasing management standards of surrounding properties and eradicating fly-tipping would see this figure naturally and organically grow.
Houses in Poor Condition