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Incoming/Enacted/Potential Licensing Schemes – early bird gets the discount

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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…

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.

For full details, visit the Hartlepool Council webpage for details of the designation, costs, and how to apply for licence, click here.

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

For full details from the Council, visit the Croydon Council ‘A better place to rent’ webpage.

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.

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5 Comments

  • I am completely against councils running registration schemes. They are already expensive and will be increased as councils try to may up for loss of central funding from government.
    I have already suggested to my MP (Rory Stewart) and will be writing to him again that all landlords and tenants must be registered at the DPS. The DPS also to act as a central register of tenant addresses and references.
    All property / to let adverts to make it clear that all landlords and tenants must be DPS registered.
    There are at least as many problems cause by bad tenants as there are by bad landlords.
    For example, if rent is not paid the government do not earn income tax from it and subsequent court costs reduce tax take further.

  • As a Hartlepool landlord I would have appreciated a representatiobn against this scheme from the RLA much more than a warning after the event.

    • Stephen,

      Thank you for your comment. The RLA submitted a response to consultation proposals for the scheme in Hartlepool outlining our opposition to these conditions, providing a national and local basis for our arguments against the scheme.

      Unfortunately the Council decided to proceed with the scheme, at which point RLA attentions turn towards awareness.

      We hope that this goes some way to acknowledging your concerns, we should have been more proactive about announcing our opposition to the scheme, but we we wish to make it known we did oppose it!

      Best regards,

      RLA Campaigns.

  • Please help to raise awareness of the campaign in Croydon to stop the council from raising the blanket wide registration of all landlords with all the added costings and crimalization of any land lord not paying their £750 TAX.
    Please support us at CROYDON PROPERTY FORUM LTD , we are seeking a judicial review of this very poorly thought out legislation.
    There is a court case on 4th August in the HIGH COURT in LONDON

    ROYAL COURT OF JUSTICE in the STRAND.
    WC2A 2LL.

    Case name:THE QUEEN (on application of croydon property forum ltd ) v London borough of Croydon.

  • Blanket licensing of land lord
    Please support us at CROYDON PROPERTY FORUM LTD , we are seeking a judicial review of this very poorly thought out legislation.
    There is a court case on 4th August in the HIGH COURT in LONDON

    ROYAL COURT OF JUSTICE in the STRAND.
    WC2A 2LL.

    Case name:THE QUEEN (on application of croydon property forum ltd ) v London borough of Croydon.

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