Published July 29, 2015 at 14:52
Blackburn with Darwen Council is consulting residents on whether the Infirmary area is now a better, safer place to live.
Measures have been put in place in 2009 to tackle unscrupuluous private landlords, reduce anti social behavior and tackle low demand for housing.
The Infirmary was designated a Selective Licensing area which meant the Council had legal powers to ensure all rented properties were well managed and brought to a better standard and all landlords had to be licenced and had to meet a strict criteria including dealing with anti social tenants.
They faced fines of up to £20,00 if they did not comply.
Infirmary was initially chosen in 2009 to be a licenced area because at the time, it had the highest number of recorded anti social incidents and the highest percentages of short-term and long-term vacancies in the borough.
By providing better housing management for private tenants, it was aimed at making the area a more attractive place to live, increasing rental and property values and encouraging more people to move back into the area.
Residents and businesses are now being asked to fill in a questionnaire on how effective the measures have been and whether the scheme should be reintroduced in the Infirmary area.
There are also two drop-in events on 4th August and 19th August between 2pm and 7pm at Ivy Street Community Centre, Ivy Close, Blackburn BB2 3RR.