27 April 2016

The safety and quality of private rented homes, and how they are managed, are being looked at in an area around Page Hall in north-east Sheffield.

The council is writing to each property in the area to tell landlords and residents they will be collecting information about homes, how many are rented, who the landlords are and any issues.

This follows housing improvements made in the central Page Hall area after the introduction of a selective licensing scheme two years ago. Landlords are legally obliged to comply with this. But a voluntary scheme in the surrounding area has not been widely taken up.

Janet Sharpe, Director of Housing and Neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “Selective licensing has been very effective with almost 96% of eligible properties now licensed in the central Page Hall area. Homes have been made safer and we are working with landlords to secure other improvements and ensure tenancies are managed responsibly.

“We introduced the voluntary scheme in the surrounding area because landlords said they wanted to work with us on a voluntary basis. We’re disappointed that only a few have signed up to the scheme so we’re looking again at the area and issues to see whether further action is needed.”

The voluntary registration scheme covers the area around Page Hall and Fir Vale, with around 520 privately rented homes.

Landlords are encouraged to get in touch with the Council’s Private Housing Standards service at phs@sheffield.gov.uk or by calling 0114 273 4680.

Landlords, tenants and residents will be consulted on any potential housing options considered for the area.