Boston Borough Council has become the most recent example to reject proposals for landlord licensing proposed in October 2013. The RLA provided a consultation response outlining arguments against the measures.
Boston Borough council considered selective and additional HMO licensing for private landlords in the area.
You can view/download the RLA response to Boston council’s licensing proposals here: Boston Licensing Consultation_RLA response.
Boston Borough Council is instead focussing on working with landlords, rather than licensing them, to help improve standards and conditions within the private rented sector. This rationale is greatly welcomed by the RLA and hopes that other councils considering licensing schemes will take head of the alternatives available to them.
The RLA has a general set of concerns about mandatory licensing and responds to any and all consultations that we are aware of. One of the main arguments is that licensing is ineffective at tackling the issue of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the private rented sector (PRS). Boston council found that there was a lack of evidence linking ASB to the PRS, a stance the RLA presents in consultation responses.
Waltham Forest have held back on the decision to implement licensing and Milton Keynes have scrapped proposals altogether.