Durham County Council are proposing to introduce a system called Selective Licencing.


Selective Licencing is aimed at targeting small areas suffering from high criminality and antisocial behaviour but they are applying it over the vast majority of the county. 


This brands where you live as being an area that suffers from one or all of the following:-

  • low housing demand
  • anti-social behaviour
  • high deprivation


It could put off prospective buyers and drive down house prices!

  • In North Ormesby (Middlesborough) after the introduction of SL in 2015 prices fell 22% in the first year

Data source: HM Land registry Open data https://landregistry.data.gov.uk/app/standard-reports/report-design

It will require Landlords of rented properties to pay a licence fee and this could see many of them sell properties.  This, in turn, will further drive down property prices across the County.

The scheme, as proposed, will not succeed in any of the claims made by the Council because it is ill thought out, targets the wrong people and the wrong areas. 

However, it will raise £25M that can only be spent on administration!  It is a Job Scheme for Council Officers!

It will put up rents and cause additional hardships for Tenants, at a time when they can least afford it!


The Scheme, as proposed, will cover large areas known as Medium Super Output Areas (MSOA’s).  These cover 2000 – 6000 households rather than a few problem streets. For example, Bishop Auckland town is covered by only 2 MSOA's.  So many houses in good areas will be blighted by being included in a Selective Licensing area.


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