A scheme aimed at cracking down on rogue landlords could be rolled out to around 1,400 privately-rented homes across Manchester.

Landlords or agents managing several properties could have to pay thousands of pounds to licence them under plans being considered by the city council.

Selective licensing is introduced in areas where property management and standards are low, and levels of crime, antisocial behaviour and deprivation are high.

During inspection visits council officers have found properties with front doors held together by padlocks, no working toilet or kitchen, and families crowded into small rooms.

Nearly 1,800 properties are already covered under selective licensing schemes in Crumpsall, Moss Side, Moston and Old Moat.

There are now plans for three new schemes covering 1,402 properties in parts of Clayton and Openshaw, Harpurhey, Gorton and Abbey Hey.

Landlords would have to pay £650 to licence a property - and £550 to licence any subsequent properties - for five years.

Property owners who fail to do so, or whose properties breach management regulations, could face a hefty fine or prosecution.

Manchester council issued 26 fines worth £242,200 between April 2019 and March 2020.

Councillor Suzanne Richards, executive member for housing and regeneration at Manchester council, said: “The private rented sector represents the fastest growing housing sector in the city, which has doubled in the last decade.

Housing chief Suzanne Richards

“We know that most landlords provide a quality service, but it’s important we tackle head-on the small number of landlords who do not take their responsibility seriously.

“In the initial pilot areas we have seen some really encouraging results related to tenant safety and the quality of our neighbourhood environment.

“Selective licensing is one element of our wider strategy to help improve standards in the private rented sector and ensure that it works well for both tenants and landlords.”

A public consultation of affected residents, property owners, and management agents will take place online from January 20 to April 14.

The council will also be holding online drop-in sessions on these days:

To register for a drop-in event contact [email protected] To take part in the consultation, click here.