Last week – on Monday 30th March – Hastings Borough Council agreed to implement proposals for a Selective Licensing scheme. The scheme will require all privately rented properties that fall into the designation of the seven wards to hold a licence.
The scheme will cover all privately rented homes – Braybrooke, Castle, Central St Leonards, Gensing, Old Hastings, Ore, and Tressell wards.
The licence fees are set at £415 per property, although accreditation with an appropriate landlord body, early applicants may be eligible for a reduced fee of £150.
The RLA was against the proposals and submitted a consultation response. Local landlords were also vocal in their opposition.