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Selective licensing review

Findings from an independent review into the use and effectiveness of selective licensing.


An independent review of the use and effectiveness of selective licensing

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The Housing Act 2004 gave local authorities the power to designate areas of selective licensing to help tackle concerns over anti-social behaviour and low housing demand. In 2015, the conditions for designation were expanded to include poor property conditions, high crime, high levels of deprivation and high migration.

Opinion Research Services was commissioned by MHCLG to carry out a review of selective licensing and carried out in-depth research and consultations with stakeholders from across the sector.

The report finds that selective licensing is an effective tool when implemented properly, and identifies a range of areas where the operation or implementation of selective licensing schemes could be improved.

Published 25 June 2019
Last updated 23 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Presentational and formatting edits at request of authors.

  2. First published June 2019. Revised for corrections on behalf of authors July 2019.

  3. First published.