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Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole licensing consultation extended due to Covid-19

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council has confirmed a licensing consultation has been extended due to Covid-19.

The consultation is still ongoing, and will now close four weeks after the official end of lockdown date is announced. Drop- in events for landlords that were due to take place before the lockdown are also due to be re-scheduled.

The council is proposing to introduce an additional licensing scheme in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, and also a selective licensing scheme in some parts of Bournemouth and Poole.

More details about the proposals can be read online here.

A number of other councils that were running licensing consultations before the lockdown was announced by the UK government have also extended consultation periods.

This includes in County Durham, where a licensing consultation was initially due to close on 27th April, but will now close on 24th May.

In Greenwich, the council were running a live consultation on plans to extend a licensing scheme in London borough, however this has now been postponed for the time being due to Covid-19.

Government publishes guidance for local authorities on licensing schemes

In April, the government published guidance for councils on the implementation of licensing schemes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/876501/Local_authority_rented_property_COVID_enforcement_guidance_v2.2.pdf.

The guidance states that “Where local authorities are in the process of introducing non-mandatory licensing schemes, but these are not yet in force, they should consider pausing these at an appropriate point, in line with the advice on proactive and reactive work.”

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

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