Hyndburn Borough Council have announced plans to try and extend its existing Selective Licensing scheme, which is due to come to an end after 5 years on 30th November 2017. The newly proposed scheme includes an extended area within the areas of Accrington and Church and, if approved, could cost landlords £620 in the first year alone.
Selective licensing is a licensing that was bought in during the Housing Act 2004 and gives councils the power to introduce licensing to all private rented homes, whereas Additional and Mandatory licensing only applies to HMOs. As part of the licence, the holders of the licence will be required to comply with licensing conditions, some of which are mandatorily imposed by the Housing Act, and local licensing conditions from the council itself.
The proposed fee structure for the selective licence scheme is as follows:
Application fee – £500 per property
Annual fee – £120 per property per year or part year
The licence holder or applicant will be invoiced with the annual fee payments due to be paid on the 1st December each year.
A discount of £200 will be applied to the total cost of the licence fees if the applicant submits a fully completed application form with all the requested documentation and full payment within 2 calendar months of the property being rented out for the first time.
A discount of £50 will be applied to the overall cost of the proposed fees if the applicant is a full member of a national landlord/letting agent association, this includes the RLA.
These discounts will be deducted from the total (application + annual) fee to be paid.
The consultation closes 17th April 2017, the RLA has submitted a reply and we urge our members to do the same. The RLA is opposed to licensing as the criminal landlords these schemes often cite as the main reason for implementation will ignore this legislation, as they do all other legislation, continuing to operate under the radar whilst good landlords get penalised.
See our reply to Hyndburn Council here.
To learn more about the consultation proposed by Hyndburn Borough Council and to have your say visit: http://www.hyndburnbc.gov.uk/proposedselectivelicensing2017
To keep up to date with news, events, and licensing in Hyndburn visit their Local Authority Network page: https://www.rla.org.uk/lanetwork/partner.shtml?hyndburn-borough-council