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Selective Licensing of the private rented sector and HMO Licensing proposal

Selective Licensing of the private rented sector.


The private rented sector plays an important part in providing almost 12% (12,615) of accommodation in the borough. There are numerous high quality landlords and letting agents providing a range of property types throughout the borough to meet a broad range of housing needs.

The borough has been faced with a major increase in private rented accommodation in some areas and it is recognised however, that there are landlords and agents who either do not provide adequate accommodation or management of their properties. These properties and poor management have a significant impact on council and partner resources in tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour, dumping of domestic waste, concerns about property condition and harassment and illegal eviction. The council has implemented a range of powers and approaches to seek to address many issues but the ongoing pressures are such that a new approach is considered necessary for a number of specific parts of the borough.

Proposed Licensing conditions

We are aware that people may have questions already, before the statutory consultation period starts about what is proposed and having looked at a range of other council’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) pages we have developed our own at:
We will keep adding to this page as new questions are raised with us.
Consultation closed on January 8th 2018 and the respones were used in the further report which went to the council cabinet in February 14th  2018.
You can view the Cabinet Report here. (PDF 3.89MB)
In addition to the information provided through the questionnaires all written representations were considered and the councils reponse can be viewed in the attached appendix 4 to the February 14th 2018 cabinet report on the proposed Selective Licensing PDF here.

 Contact our Selective Licensing scheme with any queries, telephone  (01922) 655971 or e-mail:

Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG):

Proposals -  Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and residential property licensing reforms.

DCLG has announced that it proposes to bring forward changes in the HMO legislation during 2018. DCLGs full details on this can be found at:

Please note that the consultation on selective licensing of the private rented sector for Willenhall and Town Centre and Adjoining Areas continues and will close on 8 January 2018. The DCLG proposals will only cover certain types of HMOs not other forms of private rented properties. 

Powers to develop Selective Licensing started in 2006 and have been implemented by a range of councils in England. Some councils have chosen to implement it for the whole of their geographic area. In Walsall the current proposal as mentioned above is for 2 areas where there are an estimated 1,520 privately rented properties (i.e. less than 13% of the borough’s private rented stock).