SALFORD COUNCIL IS ASKING FOR YOUR VIEWS ON SMALLER SHARED HOMES
Salford City Council is proposing to introduce landlord licensing for shared homes, where three or four tenants live.
The move comes after inspections over the last 12 months of smaller homes in multiple occupation (HMOs) showed issues with fire safety, damp and heating along with problems over storing and disposing of domestic waste leading to complaints from neighbours.
Ninety two percent of the three and four person HMO homes inspected showed problems ranging from missing to inadequate fire alarm systems despite it being a legal requirement, missing or damaged fire doors, inadequate or blocked escape routes and insufficient measures to prevent fire and smoke spreading. Over a third were damp and/or suffering from mould because of leaky roofs or walls and a third had no or inadequate heating.
When alerted to the dangers, over 80 per cent of landlords or managing agents carried out improvements and removed hazards without the need for formal enforcement action but council statistics show complaints about all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) have risen from 152 a year in 2015/16 to 265 in 2018/19.
At present only houses where five or more tenants sharing have to be licensed under a mandatory HMO scheme as well as any rented home in parts of Broughton, Charlestown and Lower Kersal and Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley where selective licensing schemes apply.
Under licensing, the landlord and property manager have to demonstrate they are a ‘fit and proper person’ to let the property and that they have suitable management arrangements in place. The licence will also determine the maximum number of occupants to make sure tenants are not living in cramped and overcrowded properties.
This includes all relevant safety checks being carried out regularly and that tenants have bins and know how to properly recycle and dispose of waste. If the landlord fails to licence the property or breaches conditions of the licence and fails to remedy the situation the council can issue civil penalty notices or prosecute.
Deputy City Mayor, Councillor Tracy Kelly who leads on housing, said the idea of licensing smaller shared properties was to improve housing conditions for tenants and reduce problems in neighbourhoods.
“We have seen a massive growth in private renting and conversion of properties to houses in multiple occupation in Salford as the city is regarded as an investment hotspot,” she said.
“In the last five years conversions to HMOs of all sizes in selective licensing areas have risen by 460 per cent in Eccles, 410 per cent in Langworthy, Weaste and Seedley and 196 per cent in Broughton. On November 6, 2019, in just three non-licensed areas in Salford there were 57 adverts offering rooms to rent in a shared house. Just over a month later on December 10, that had nearly doubled to 102 such adverts.
“There is currently no legal requirement for landlords of three and four person HMOs to have their property licenced by the council. An extended licensing scheme to cover these properties would enable us to be sure that people are living in safe and decent conditions and not causing issues for the wider community.”
Salford City Council has launched a consultation about an additional HMO licensing scheme to see if numbers of three or four person HMOs have increased, if there are any issues as a result and if a licensing scheme should be brought in citywide.
The survey can be completed online at www.salford.gov.uk/smallhmo or comments can be sent in writing to Additional HMO licensing consultation, Salford City Council, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5BY.
The consultation closes on 5 January 2021.
Salford IT expert Councillor John Mullen will have a whole new set of commands to programme into his Alexa – ‘manage my diary.’
Councillor Mullen, who represents Barton ward, will today (Wednesday January 20) be sworn in as Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor with his wife Michelle as Mayoress.
The ceremony, which should have taken place last May, has been delayed because of the pandemic. Councillor Mullen paid tribute to outgoing Ceremonial Mayor Councillor Charlie McIntyre saying he had gone ‘above and beyond’ to serve the people of the city.
“I’m delighted to be taking over the chains of office and I hope to be able to get out and about to meet people later this year as more people are vaccinated and we beat the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Councillor Mullen.
After leaving St Albert’s RC High School in 1976 Councillor Mullen became an apprentice glazer before switching trades and qualifying as a welder. In 1984, newly married to Michelle and with the arrival of their first son Kelvin, he taught himself computer programming and completed a BTEC at Worsley College.
Councillor Mullen, said:
From there he went on to work for an American credit company regularly travelling to America, Japan and Europe and complete a degree in computer science and professional qualifications with the British Computer Society. He later became self-employed and worked for the Office of National Statistics, Sainsbury’s, Walmart before semi-retiring last year.
Councillor Mullen joined the Labour party in 2001 to campaign for better health services and has represented Barton ward since 2004.
In his spare time Councillor Mullen enjoys travelling, watching Star Trek and other sci-fi programmes and playing computer games and programming Alexa with his grandson Jack.
Largest Council housing scheme for 50 years in Salford – 417 new Council and community-owned homes, with the potential for 3,000 more on the horizon
The largest scheme of housing developments for 50 years in Salford has been given the green light.
Salford City Mayor approved recommendations from officers at the Property and Regeneration Briefing on Monday 14 December for a ‘self-build residential development case’ for 417 new eco-friendly homes to help tackle the housing crisis in the city, with support from its arm’s length company Dérive. Of the homes, 188 will be available for social rent, 127 for affordable rent, 52 to the private rented sector and 50 will be sold. They will provide a quality and sustainable range of house types and size to meet local needs.
And the ambition doesn’t stop there, in total, thousands of extra new units could be provided by Salford City Council in the next ten years with the vast majority managed by Dérive - if access to funding is successful.
Works on 104 of the homes available for social rent will start in February 2021. Construction will start at Clifton Green in Pendlebury as well as Brassington Avenue and Ryall Avenue which are both in Ordsall. The developments are made up of 30 homes and 99 apartments including the provision of wheelchair friendly homes at all sites. Planning permission was approved for all the developments in October 2020 and all homes will be constructed based on a fabric first low carbon/low energy approach which the council hopes will encourage other housing developers to follow its environmental lead.
The council also plans to buy 25 homes at a development on Kara Street, Langworthy through its own housing company Dérive. These affordable homes will be made available for local people at social rent levels and consist of one bedroomed apartments, as well as two and three bedroomed houses.
The approval of the development case by the City Mayor also gave full approval for 66 homes at the former St Lukes Primary School in Weaste and 45 homes at the former Irwell Valley School in Irwell Riverside. The two schemes will deliver 111 homes of which 69 will be owned by community led organisations Inspiring Communities Housing and the Broughton Trust with whom the City Mayor has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. They will consist of one and two bedroomed apartments as well as two, three and four bedroomed homes let at affordable rents. Both proposals are subject to planning approval which will be submitted in Spring 2021. Seddon has been appointed as the selected contractor to deliver the community led housing schemes and the Clifton Green, Brassington and Ryall Avenue developments.
In addition, Longshaw Drive in Little Hulton will see 177 homes – made up of 132 houses and 45 apartments. These will be let at social, affordable rents, private rents and sale – to provide a range of housing options and choices.
Homes England have kindly provided grant funding for the Clifton Green, Brassington Avenue ,Ryall Avenue and Kara Street properties and it is now intended to apply for further grant funding support on the remaining units.
The intention is that, apart from a small number of units that will be for sale on the Longshaw and St Lukes sites, the homes will ultimately be taken under the control of Dérive – a housing company wholly owned by Salford City Council.
Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
Councillor Tracy Kelly, Deputy City Mayor and Lead Member for Housing at Salford City Council and a Director of Dérive, said:
Duncan Williams, Divisional Director at Seddon said:
CAN YOU EAT PLAYDOUGH? - COUNCILS RECRUITING FOR TEMP AND PERM POSTS AT ITS FIVE TOP CLASS NURSERIESBy KARL
Wanted: someone who can 'eat' Playdough, turn into a pirate on demand and has a warm, smiling face.
That’s the request of youngsters at five Salford nurseries who have helped write job descriptions for new staff.
Salford City Council is recruiting for permanent and temporary posts at its five top class nurseries and staff decided to ask children what they would like to see in a new recruit.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry, said:
In return for such adaptability new recruits can expect a starting salary of £20,493 for a 36 hour week with both full and part time roles available as well as training and access to professional development.
Anyone interested in applying will need a relevant early years qualification at a minimum Level 2, will need to be available to work shifts between 8am and 6pm and work across all five nurseries in Eccles, Winton, Pendleton, Higher Broughton and Little Hulton.
The nurseries care for and educate children from nought to five years old and are open 51 weeks a year. They have indoor and outdoor play areas and Barton Moss has its own Forest School where children learn through enjoying nature.
To find out more and apply please see www.greater.jobs/search-and-apply/job-details/SF-42626