Licensing questionnaire

On 7 November we launched a consultation asking for your views on two new property licensing schemes being proposed in the borough.

Licensing private rented property in Slough

The council want to make sure private rented properties offer residents a choice of safe, quality and well managed accommodation.

We know most landlords operate professionally and the private rented sector provides housing options for local people. Sadly, we still have concerns about levels of anti-social behaviour, overcrowding and some properties that fail to meet satisfactory levels of tenancy and property management.

We’re now proposing two new licensing schemes to tackle these issues. These proposals would allow the council to focus action against landlords who ignore their responsibilities while providing light touch regulation for landlords who are compliant.

Proposal 1 - Borough-wide ‘additional licensing scheme’

This scheme would cover ALL small houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) not covered by mandatory licensing. For example, this would cover a property forming two or more households, but with fewer than five people, sharing some basic facilities or amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom.

Proposal 2 - Targeted ‘selective licensing scheme’

This scheme would require the majority of properties rented to single households or two unrelated people in the Central and Chalvey wards to be licensed. Please view the below map to see the area affected.

Supporting documents

Below are a series of documents that support and expand on the consultation. Please take the time to read them to help inform your decision.

Consultation evidence pack

Chalvey and Central ward map (Appendix 1)

Licensing conditions (Appendix 2)

HMO amenity standards

Take 10 minutes to share your views

Our questionnaire should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Your opinions will be completely anonymous, and you will not be personally identified in any way in our report findings. Organisations may be identified by name.

2019 workshops and drop-in sessions

Are you living in privately rented property in Slough? We’re proposing two new licensing schemes to tackle issues like anti-social behaviour, overcrowding and sub-standard accommodation.

Join us for a workshop or drop-in session to give your views in person.

  • Thursday 10 January - two workshops at Chalvey Community Centre, The Green, Chalvey, SL1 2SP. 12.30-2.30pm and 6-8pm.
  • Tuesday 15 January - for residents, from 2-6pm in The Gallery, The Curve Library, 1 William Street, Slough, SL1 1XY.
  • Thursday 17 January - for landlords, managing or estate agents, from 2-6pm in The Gallery (address as above).

More information

If you have any queries about the consultation, or would like a paper copy to complete, please call 01753 875540 or email privatesectorhousing@slough.gov.uk.

The consultation will close on Thursday 31 January 2019.