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Feasibility Study for the Implementation of Selective Licensing in the City of Cambridge - Publication and Actioning the Recommendations

Agreement that the completed feasibility study report can be released into the public domain as appropriate.

Agreement of the actions outlined within this Committee Report to address recommendations of the feasibility study report, and continuing the Council’s focus of improving and sustaining the quality of the private rented sector within the City.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 07/12/2020

Decision due: 19 Jan 2021 by Executive Councillor for Housing

Lead member: Executive Councillor for Housing

Department: Environmental Services

Contact: Claire Adelizzi, Residential Team Manager (Environmental & Public Health) Email: claire.adelizzi@cambridge.gov.uk.

Additional Information: Requested for pre-scrutiny by Cllrs Martinelli & Porrer.

Background Information: The Council commissioned a feasibility study March 2020 into the implementation of selective licensing of private rented properties in Cambridge City. The study looked into the need, suitability, and appropriateness for implementation of a selective licensing scheme under Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004. Modelled, anecdotal and actual data were used to conduct this analysis. Geographical areas within the city were assessed against six criteria set in the above legislation. Three of these criteria were able to be eliminated due to affluency and high housing demand in the city. The remaining criteria were only in sporadic areas with other contributing factors. The report found that for the above reasons it was not appropriate in this instance for the Council to introduce selective licencing. The report went on to make recommendations for improvement of the private rented sector within Cambridge City based on the findings which included both targeted enforcement and proactive work.


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