Selective Licensing Scheme 2016-21

This consultation is now closed, thank you to everyone that took part.

Consultation Overview

The previous Selective Licensing Scheme in Cliftonville and Margate ran from 2011-2016.  Selective Licensing Schemes aim to improve the quality of private rented accommodation and to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime in the locality.

Following the success of the previous scheme, a further five year period commencing 2016 was proposed.  Residents, stakeholders and interested parties were consulted between 17 August and 26 October 2015.  Cabinet considered the matter at its meeting held on 19 January 2016 and the designation was approved.

Report

Proposal

Decision Notice

When was the consultation carried out?

17 August to 26 October 2015

Who was consulting?

Thanet District Council

Who was consulted?

  • Thanet District Council Membership
  • Thanet District Council and EK Services' staff
  • Margate Task Force
  • Local MPs
  • Other stakeholders (see the Selective Licensing proposal for full details)
  • Residents and businesses in the proposed area, adjacent roads and the wider Thanet public
  • Landlords
  • Agents
  • Property owners
  • Current Selective Licence holders and named managers
  • Community and voluntary groups 

How was the consultation carried out?

  • Online and hard copy surveys
  • Two sessions of bookable appointments for landlords
  • One public drop-in, in a local venue

Consultees were invited to submit their representations via:

  • Online survey
  • Post (free-post address supplied)
  • Email
  • A contact telephone number was provided for any queries not answered by the proposal document

How was the consultation promoted?

  • Direct mail contact with landlords, agents, current licence holders and named managers and residential and commercial property owners in the proposed area and adjoining streets
  • Attendance at the Members' Forum
  • Agenda item on the Landlord's Focus Group
  • Direct contact with:  landlord associations, relevant Thanet District Council and EK Services staff, Margate Task Force, MPs, local community organisations and other stakeholders
  • Social media posts (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Press release to the local newspapers
  • Advertisements in the Thanet Extra and Thanet Gazette
  • Banner and press release on the council's home page
  • Dedicated consultation page containing a link to the online survey
  • Copies of the proposal documents in Thanet's Gateway Plus and Cliftonville Library
  • Meetings with Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Community Services and Ward Members for Cliftonville East and Margate Central who also publicised the consultation within their Wards
  • Two bookable sessions for landlords
  • One public open day
  • Street signage in the proposed area and adjoining streets during the consultation period 

What was the response?

  • 384 survey responses
  • 20 written representations
  • 27 people visited the public drop in
  • of the 72 available appointments at the landlord events, 11 were booked, 10 of which were attended

Table 1: Number of survey responses received by respondent group           

No.

Respondent Group

Number

Percentage

1

A private landlord with properties in the proposed area

71

18.5%

2

A private landlord with no properties in the proposed area

7

1.8%

3

A tenant renting from a private landlord in the proposed area

57

14.8%

4

A housing association or council tenant living in the proposed area

16

4.2%

5

An owner-occupier living in the proposed area (not a landlord or tenant)

156

40.6%

6

A resident living in Margate, but outside the proposed area

48

12.5%

7

Other

29

7.6%

 

Total:

384

100%

 Table 2: Survey questions and overall results

No.

Question

Yes

No

Don’t Know

Totals

1

Do you think anti-social behaviour is a problem in the proposed area?

292

(76.0%)

44

(11.5%)

48

(12.5%)

384

(100%)

2

Do you think crime is a problem in the proposed area?

268

(69.8%)

41

(10.7%)

75

(19.5%)

384

(100%)

3

Do you think the proposed area suffers from poor housing conditions?

300

(78.1%)

40

(10.4%)

44

(11.5%)

384

(100%)

4

Do you think the proposed area is a desirable place in which to live?

115

(29.9%)

224

(58.3%)

45

(11.7%)

384

(100%)

5

Do you think the council should be taking action to improve the management of privately rented homes in the proposed area?

319

(83.1%)

37

(9.6%)

28

(7.3%)

384

(100%)

6

Do you think a further five year Selective Licensing Scheme would benefit the area?

283

(73.7%)

66

(17.2%)

35

(9.1%)

384

(100%)

 Table 3: Support for selective licensing, comparison of 2010/2015 results

 

All landlords

Residents living in proposed area

For

Against

Don't Know

For

Against

Don't Know

Public Consultation 2010

Survey responses: 579

15.1%

82.1%

2.8%

67.4%

22.3%

10.3%

Public Consultation 2015

Survey responses: 384

26.9%

61.5%

11.5%

85.2%

6.1%

8.7%

 Table 4: Number of separate written responses received by respondent group

No.

Respondent Group

Number

Percentage

1

Thanet Landlords’ Focus Group

1

5%

2

Landlord Association (NLA, RLA and SLA)

3

15%

3

Public agency (Margate Task Force and Kent Fire & Rescue Service)

2

10%

4

Private landlord with properties in the proposed area

7

35%

5

Managing agent

1

5%

6

Owner-occupier in proposed area

2

10%

7

Resident in nearby road

1

5%

8

Unclear

3

15%

 

Total:

20

100%

Table 5: Nature of support for selective licensing among respondents who made a separate written response

Respondent Type

Clearly in Favour

Inclined to be in Favour

Clearly Against

Inclined to be Against

Mixed

Unclear

 

Thanet Landlords’ Focus Group

0

0

0

0

1

0

Landlord Association (NLA, RLA and SLA)

0

0

2

0

1

0

Public agency (Margate Task Force and Kent Fire & Rescue Service)

2

0

0

0

0

0

Private landlord with properties in the proposed area

0

2

4

1

0

0

Managing agent

0

0

0

0

0

1

Owner-occupier in proposed area

2

0

0

0

0

0

Resident in nearby road

0

0

0

0

0

1

Unclear

2

0

0

0

0

1

Total Count:

6

(30%)

2

(10%)

6

(30%)

1

(5%)

2

(10%)

3

(15%)

Summary

Overall, 291 respondents (72%) were in support of selective licensing, 73 (18%) were against, and 40 (10%) were unsure.

In addition to questions relating to the Selective Licensing proposal, we also asked a number of questions in an 'About You' section.  The purpose of this section is to help us identify groups who haven't participated to inform how we consult in the future.

We also invite suggestions from participants on how we can encourage them and their families to get involved; the ideas submitted have been gratefully received.