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February licensing update for landlords

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

We’re already into the second month of 2020 and it is fair to say the last month has been a busy one in terms of licensing-related news.

Each month in our Licensing Update blog, we put together a list of ongoing licensing consultations, which is updated throughout the month and share important licensing news and the RLA’s most recent responses.

Licensing in the news

Government blocks Liverpool licensing scheme renewal

Last month we reported on news that the Government blocked plans put forward by Liverpool City Council to renew a city-wide licensing scheme in Liverpool, following campaigning by the RLA. Read more

Waltham-Forest licensing scheme gets the go ahead

While the Government did block the Liverpool licensing scheme, a separate licensing scheme in Waltham Forest was given the go ahead.

Government approval is needed for schemes which cover more than 20% of a council area. This scheme, which will cover 18 out of 20 wards in the borough, will come into affect on 1st May 2020. It will run for a period of five years ending on Wednesday 30 April 2025. Read more.

Current licensing consultations

Hastings Council – selective licensing consultation (Closes 6th March)

The current selective licensing scheme in Hastings was introduced on 15th October 2015, and the five year scheme is due to expire in 2020.

The scheme that is being proposed and consulted on would require landlords to licence all privately rented flats and houses that are occupied by one household (i.e. single persons or couples, or one family) in the 6 wards of Braybrooke, Castle, Central St Leonards, Gensing, Old Hastings and Tressell.  Have your say on the plans here.

Camden Council – Additional HMO licensing scheme renewal (Closes 8th March 2020)

In 2015 Camden Council introduced a borough wise additional licensing scheme for Houses of Multiple Occupation. The five year scheme is now up for renewal, and landlords are being invited to share their views on the proposals and attend some drop in sessions the Council is running. To have your say on the plans, click here.

Read the RLA’s response to this consultation here.

Croydon Council – Selective licensing consultation – (Closes 9th March 2020)

A borough-wide selective licensing scheme was introduced in Croydon in 2015, meaning that it is due to expire in 2020.

The council is now consulting on plans to introduce a new licensing scheme to cover all or most of the borough, to take effect from Autumn 2020. Landlords can read more about the plans and have their say here.

Scarborough Council -Selective licensing consultation for Scarborough South (Closes 31st March 2020)

Scarborough Borough Council is currently inviting the views of landlords and residents in the town on plans to designate a Selective Licensing scheme for privately rented properties within the area known as Scarborough South. Read more and have your say here.

Bournemouth Council (closes 6th April)

Bournemouth Council is considering licensing proposals to include Selective and Additional Licensing in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.  Read more here

Durham Council- plans to introduce new selective licensing scheme (Closes 27th April)

Durham Council is currently consulting on plans to introduce a selective licensing scheme which will cover more than 51,000 homes in over 30 areas across the county. This includes: Consett West and Castleside, Hutton Henry and Wingate, Langley Park Cornsay and Satley, Crook South and Willington North and Cassop and Coxhoe. The scheme is being pursued on the basis of anti-social behaviour, low demand and deprivation. Read more and have your say here.

Oldham Council-selective licensing consultation (Closes 18th May)

Oldham Council have launched a consultation on plans to introduce selective licensing in 10 of the borough’s wards. Selective licensing was first introduced in Oldham in 2015, covering eight wards. This is scheme is due to come to an end this year. To read more about the plans to renew and expand the scheme and to share your comments in the consultation, click here.

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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.


  • Lets face it this is just another means of robbing genuine hard working people of their hard earned money. They do not have a purpose whatsoever as the landlords hands are tied mouth bound and strung up by the feet as far as bad tenants are concerned. The council do nothing but rake in the money. As usual government rip off yet again.

  • Just another tax for landlords, social housing should be subject to licensing and these checks should be done by an independent organisation not through Councils. More social housing tenants are unhappy with their accommodation than those living in private rented accommodation. It’s time to sell up for private Landlords.

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