The RLA is urging landlords and letting agents to have their say in current licensing consultations.
The association aims to respond to all local authority licensing consultations. See below for a list of current consultations and the closing dates.
Brent-additional and selective licensing
Brent Council is consulting on plans to renew an additional licensing scheme in the borough.
Currently in Brent, as well as a mandatory licensing scheme that is in operation, the council also operates a borough-wide ‘Additional licensing’ scheme which was introduced in 2014 for HMOs occupied by less than 5 people, and two Selective licensing schemes.
The current two selective licensing schemes cover the wards of: Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central; and the later scheme introduced in 2018 covers the wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park.
Now, the Council is proposing to renew the additional licensing scheme for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) across the borough which expires on 31 December 2019.
It is also proposing to renew the selective licensing scheme for three wards, Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central, which expires on 31 December 2019.
Brent Council also wants to extend selective licensing, so that it covers the wards of: Alperton, Barnhill, Brondesbury Park, Fryent, Northwick Park, Preston, Queensbury, Sudbury, Tokyngton (excluding Wembley Park) and Welsh Harp wards. This consultation closes on 25 Aug 2019. To read more about the plans and have your say, click here.
Birmingham to introduce city-wide Article 4 Direction
Landlords who want to convert family homes in Birmingham into small HMOs will need to submit planning applications to do so under new plans revealed by the city council. The local authority plans to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction, removing ‘permitted development rights’ for small HMOs, so that planning permission must be obtained before development can take place.
Birmingham City Council is inviting public comments as part of a six-week consultation which began on June 6 and will close on 18 July. Read more about this and have your say here.
Lewisham-additional and selective licensing
Lewisham Council has launched a consultation on plans to introduce property licensing for all private rented homes in Lewisham.
There are currently two licensing schemes already in operation in Lewisham, Mandatory licensing and Additional licensing.
The Council is proposing to extend the additional licensing scheme to cover all HMO properties in the borough.
In addition to this, a borough wide selective licensing scheme has also been proposed. This would mean that all privately rented properties would require a licence.
The scheme would need approval from the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. A consultation on the plans has launched, and this will run until 20th August 2019.
Rotherham – selective licensing
Rotherham Council is considering the future of Selective Licensing in Eastwood and Rotherham Town Centre, Masbrough, Dinnington and Maltby South East. These current designations come to an end in April 2020 and the Council is consulting on proposals to designate parts of these again for a further 5 years.
The Council is also considering designating part of Little London in Maltby as a Selective Licensing Area. The consultation closes on 8th September 2019, and landlords are invited to have their say on the plans in an online survey here.
Havering-selective and additional licensing
The London Borough of Havering is proposing to introduce an additional licensing scheme, which will add to the existing HMO licensing scheme that is already in force. The proposed scheme will include the remaining six wards in Havering that are not already covered, including Cranham, Upminster, St Andrews, Emerson Park, Hacton, and Hylands.
As well as introducing additional licensing, the Council is proposing to implement a selective licensing scheme in the wards of Romford Town and Brooklands. This means that if the scheme gets the go ahead, ALL private rented properties rented to a single family or household or two unrelated people, would be required to be licensed. This consultation closes on 20th September 2019 and landlords can respond to the consultation here.
Selective licensing review
Last week, the results of a review into selective licensing was published. The report includes a proposal for a national register of landlords. The RLA is disappointed with this recommendation, which it fears will push up costs and increase red tape for those landlords who are providing good quality homes to rent, while criminal landlords ignore the requirement and continue to operate below the radar.
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