Selective licensing hits Southend

Following on from a public consultation, a Selective Licensing scheme for a number of private rented properties in the Southend area has been approved by Southend Borough Council.  Specifically, the scheme has been agreed to cover families living in private rented homes within the Milton, Kursaal, Victoria and Chalkwell wards.  The aim is to regulate conditions, management, and occupation of certain properties.

Pricing and application process

In the above-mentioned areas, landlords will need a licence for each property they rent out or risk severe unlimited penalties if they fail to obtain one.  We’ve been advised by the Local Authority that the cost of a licence will be £688 per property, for the full five-year period of the license.  We have also asked whether discounts will become available for owners of multiple properties.  To date, no firm details have been announced on possible reductions, but we understand this is being considered and we will share further information with you as soon as it becomes available.

At the time of writing, we have also been informed that the Council will be implementing an electronic system for the application and issuing of licences, but this is not currently in operation.

Further updates

As always, we’ll keep you informed of everything you need to know, including how and when to apply for licences.  Furthermore, we will be able to manage licence applications on your behalf, so watch this space for further details.

Southend Borough Council are communicating with us directly via email and will post updates on all matters relating to Selective Licensing on its Private Housing website pages found here:

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please call the office on 01702 455600 and as always, we will be happy to discuss any concerns you may have.

Martin Ransom is Office Manager at Pace, an independent Southend on Sea Letting Agent.

With nearly 25 years experience in the property industry, Martin is well placed in his role as Branch Manager for Pace.

After joining the business in 2010 Martin took it upon himself to foster excellent customer service among the team and this continues to position Pace as a leader in its field today.