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Agenda item

Page Hall Selective Licensing Review

Report of the Private Housing Standards Service, Sheffield City Council.



The Committee received a report which outlined the outcome of the work which had been carried out by the Private Housing Standards Team (PHST) during the Selective Licensing Scheme which came into operation in April, 2014, in the Page Hall area of the city and ended in April 2019.  The report which was presented was produced in 2018, which was four years into the scheme.  There has been a lot of activity in Page Hall and the PHST had engaged with local schools, the MAST team and Adult Social Care workers.  Initially, there were some landlords that didn’t want their properties to become part of the scheme, so they sold up.  However, the majority of landlords worked with the PHST and carried out the necessary works to the properties to ensure they were compliant.  Where landlords did not carry out necessary works, enforcement action was taken.  Common issues remaining in the area were around waste, how properties were managed and the level of rents people are paying.  Councillor Paul Wood, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety, has asked that the PHST be involved in matters of waste and waste in housing.  Everything that needed to be licensed was licensed and the works that needed to be done had been carried out.  It has been found that there were some issues in the area immediately around Page Hall and these were being investigated.




RESOLVED: That the Committee:-




(a)       notes the contents of the report now submitted together with the comments now made and the responses to the questions raised; and



(b)       expressed their thanks to Catherine Hughes and the Private Sector Housing Team and the Housing Service for their help and assistance on cases within their areas.  They wanted to thank the team for their professionalism and helpfulness.


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