Article taken directly from Cardiff County Council's newsletter.
Mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) came in 3 years ago. Cardiff Council now plans to roll out an additional licensing scheme in the Cathays area of the city.
The Council has concerns about the impact of large numbers of rented houses on certain inner city wards and has selected Cathays, where 52% of population are students, for an intensive programme to bring about improvements.
Local Councillors have expressed concerns about street scene issues in Cathays and in particular the neglect of some houses with accumulations of refuse and furniture in forecourts and a proliferation of "To Let" sign boards.
Private Sector Housing officers are concerned that many of the student houses in the area, which fell outside effective control before 2006, may present a risk to heath and safety. In particular, there are concerns about the standard of accommodation offered up by some of the city's landlords and letting agents who continue to flout mandatory licensing rules.
Addtional licensing is seen as one of the tools that the council could use to bring about greater control and could provide the following benefits:-
Improvements to Accommodation, Improvements to Health & Safety, Improvements to Management, Sustainable improvements to the Cathays area, Better value for money secured by a proactive approach in one area, Consistent approach to Tenancy Management & Property Conditions, Improvements made through Landlord training, Eradication of bad landlords
The Council is consulting people and organisations that may be affected by these proposals and they are keen to hear our views.
You can find out more about the proposed Additional Licensing Scheme at www.cardiff.gov.uk/haveyoursay and you can complete the Council's online consulation form at the same place.
Alternatively, you can request a copy of the public document and consultation form by writing to: Charlotte Dunleavy, PO Box 67, Cardiff, CF11 1LY or phone 029 2053 7062
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