Landlords in Hartlepool and Croydon need to be aware that Selective Licensing schemes will soon be enforced in their areas, and licence discounts are available. Lewisham landlords should prepare for a likely consultation on licensing, while Enfield landlords have challenged proposals effectively.
The Hartlepool scheme has already begun, but still offering discounts, whilst Croydon applications are open and the scheme starts soon.
Hartlepool – Selective Licensing
The scheme will effect landlords with properties on the following roads: Borrowdale St; Burbank St; Cornwall St; Dent St; Furness St; Kimberley St; Richmond St; Rydal St; Sheriff St; Stephen St; St Oswald’s St; Straker St; Sydenham Rd.
For landlords in the relevant areas of Hartlepool, the scheme has already gone live, on Monday 6th July. It will run for five years until 6th July 2020.
Landlords still have a chance to enjoy discounts, but applications must be received by the council by no later than 17th August.
Five year licences cost £600 however discounts for early bird applications at £100, and further discounts for accredited landlords – such as RLAAS accredited landlords – will achieve another £100 discount.
These discounts can be coupled together and can see the fee dropped to £400 for relevant landlords.
Croydon – ‘Selective’ Licensing
The scheme is Borough wide and will require all privately rented homes to have a licence to be rented out.
The scheme comes into force on 1st October 2015; however, landlords are urged to apply for licences soon as licence costs are high.
Full licences for the five year scheme will cost landlords £750. However, if you apply before 30th September 2015 an early bird discount will make the price £350.
- This is especially important for landlords with multiple properties as they will be required to complete an application for each property
Lewisham – Additional Licensing
Proposals for Additional Licensing in Lewisham are to be discussed tonight – Wednesday 15th July – during the Council’s Cabinet and Mayor’s meeting. According to London Property Licensing sources the scheme would be restricted to flats above commercial premises.
The RLA will monitor these proposals and will inform relevant membership should there be any action.
Enfield – Selective Licensing challenge upheld
Proposals for a Selective Licensing scheme for Enfield have been quashed by a Judicial Review decision based on the consultation period being inadequate.
This is obviously a big win for landlords in the London Borough, however it should be noted that plans for Additional Licensing may be revisited and this is merely a respite from additional requirements for landlords.
For more information visit the London Property Licensing story: Enfield Council abandon plans for Borough wide landlord licensing.