Croydon Councillors recently announced that proposals for a Borough wide ‘Selective’ Licensing scheme for private landlords will go ahead after an extended consultation period and suggestions that such a scheme could not be implemented after a letter from Housing Minister Brandon Lewis. The Councillors defiantly announce the scheme will go ahead on 1st October of this year.
Minister of State for Housing and Planning for the DCLG wrote a letter to Local Authorities about revisions to Selective Licensing schemes. Under new stipulations, coming into force on 1st April, Local Authorities will not be able to create ‘blanket’ schemes in their constituencies. Read more.
Croydon believe that because they have given Selective Licensing proposals ‘the green light’ that these restrictions will not apply to them. The Selective Licensing scheme will come into force on Thursday 1st October 2015.
Croydon Council also had to extend the consultation period of proposals because of the Enfield case which dictated that Councils are required to engage with local authorities regarding schemes.
For more information, visit the Croydon Council Selective Licensing webpage. Private landlords in Croydon are urged to register early to avoid possible actions.