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Coventry landlords-have your say in licensing consultation

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

The RLA is encouraging landlords and letting agents in Coventry to have their say on plans to introduce a large licensing scheme in the city.

Coventry City Council is proposing to introduce a selective licensing scheme and a city-wide additional licensing scheme.

Under the plans, which are currently under consultation, if the scheme is approved then it could take effect and start in 2020, and run for five years.

In the RLA’ s response to this consultation, which you can read here, we have raised concerns over a number of aspects of the proposal, including the high cost of an additional licence.

We have raised other concerns about the complicated fee structure, and also that there is little evidence which demonstrates that licensing schemes improve housing standards. Rogue landlords renting out unfit homes can be fined, forced to repay rent to tenants, or be banned from renting out homes altogether under existing rules.

This consultation is still open, and landlords in Coventry have until 20th March to have their say. To read the consultation proposals in full and have your say, head to Coventry City Council’s website here.

Learn more about selective and additional licensing

To learn more about selective and additional HMO licensing, you can read the RLA’s guidance on this here.

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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