The licensing team and partners including Streetscene, Housing Enforcement and the Empty Homes Team began a proactive programme of area audits across the licensing areas in 2021. Each designation has been split into smaller “zones” to allow for a targeted assessment and investigation of the private rented sector in these areas. By shifting the area monitoring to focused zones we are able to get a deeper understanding of the conditions in a given area of the licensing designation, and ensure improvements are made to whole streets at a time.
We check that landlords are compliant with the licensing scheme and that gas safety certificates, electrical reports and Energy Performance Certificates are valid. We then undertake external audits of all rented properties within the zone, looking for external disrepair and dirty backyards, as well as checking whether properties have appropriate waste/recycling facilities and secure back gates to reduce the chance of fly tipping. We then contact landlords and letting agents to ensure any problems are addressed. Where we have concerns that a property may be poor internally, we also make a referral to the Housing Enforcement team for a full internal inspection.
After each audit the team reports back on their findings. For more information on the audit programme please contact email@example.com.