1. Introduction

Slough Borough Council want to make sure private rented properties offer residents a choice of safe, quality and well managed accommodation. A key priority is also to reduce anti-social behaviour associated with rental properties which is caused by poor management.

The council acknowledges the majority of landlords operate professionally and the private rented sector provides housing options for local people. However, as the number of people moving into Slough has grown, the council remains concerned about:
  • levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB)
  • overcrowding
  • some rented properties that fail to meet satisfactory levels of tenancy and property management.
The introduction of licensing schemes would allow the council to focus action against landlords who ignore their responsibilities while providing light touch regulation for compliant landlords. The proposals intend to help with:
  • increasing accountability and transparency of landlords
  • reducing anti-social behaviour
  • improving conditions and safety for tenants
  • providing additional protections from eviction
  • providing information for both tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities
  • setting a minimum standard for the condition and amenities within the property.

To achieve these objectives, the council is proposing two new property licensing schemes. These relate to different rented property use types.

Proposal 1

A borough-wide ‘additional licensing scheme’

This scheme would cover all small HMOs not covered by mandatory licensing. For example, this would cover a property forming two or more households, but with fewer than five people, sharing some basic facilities or amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.

Proposal 2

A targeted ‘selective licensing scheme’

This scheme would require the majority of properties rented to single households or two unrelated people in the Central and Chalvey wards to be licensed. Please visit www.slough.gov.uk/licensingconsultation to view a map of the area affected.

This questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The consultation will close on Thursday 31 January 2019. Your opinions will be completely anonymous, and you will not be personally identified in any way in the report findings. Please note that we may identify organisations by name.

You can choose to provide your contact information at the end of this document if you would like to be notified about the results of the consultation.

If you require a paper version of the questionnaire or have any queries about the consultation, please contact 01753 875540 or email privatesectorhousing@slough.gov.uk