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Landlords views sought in several selective licensing consultations

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

Landlords and letting agents in several towns and and cities in England, including Newcastle and Slough, are being invited to have their say on licensing proposals currently under consultation.

Newcastle City Council is consulting on plans to introduce both selective and additional licensing in the city. The proposed schemes look set to bring in over 18,000 properties into the scope of licensing.

Landlords with properties in Newcastle can read more about this consultation and have their say on the proposals via the Council’s website here.This consultation will close on 27th January 2019.

Other proposed licensing schemes in England that are currently under consultation

Middlesborough Council Middlesbrough Council is proposing to introduce Selective Landlord Licensing in a part of the Newport ward. 
All private rented properties located in the designated area in Newport will be required to be licensed (there is a proposal document for list of exemptions). Any properties that are currently licensed as a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) will not need to apply for a Selective Licence. This consultation closes on Monday 28th January and landlords can read the proposals and have their say here.

Slough Slough Council is consulting on two licensing proposals in the town. The first proposal is to introduce a borough-wide additional licensing scheme, and the second proposal is to introduce a targeted Selective Licensing scheme in the Central and Chalvey wards of the town. The Council are running drop-in sessions for landlords in the town later this month who want to learn more about the proposals. This consultation closes on 31st January, and you can have your say on the Council’s website here.

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Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.


  • Since licensing was brought into Nottingham over 2 years ago, I have seen literally nothing more from the council in its move to improve housing. It is literally a new revenue stream/ additional tax on landlords. The property standards are the same pretty much and the council itself doesnt do any additional work aside from inspecting the property once or twice in order for it to be licensed and meet their criteria i.e the requirements that are law anyway.

    As for consultation with the landlords. It is literally a one way conversation as in all the landlords were against licensing but they went ahead and did it anyway as their consultation was this is what we are going to do and this is what you need to do. Thats the be all and end all when it comes to these proposals. I havent heard of a single consultation that has taken place in the uk and then not gone ahead!

    • There is one big difference in Nottingham between before and after the Selective licensing; that’s the huge increase of homeless people on the streets.

      The no.1 cause of homelessness in the UK is the use of Section 21 notices – and in Nottingham many of these are homeless people are on the streets due to landlords quitting the PRS as a direct result of the Selective Licensing, and the Council has not got the means to home these people. The Council was warned that the scheme would lead to homelessness but simply did not care. The only result of this scheme was the increase in rent to those least able to afford it, or worse. The Council should be ashamed.

  • Both Telford and Bournemouth Councils engaged with the electorate and accepted what they said during their consultations. These authorities now operate alternative strategies which they now believe will achieve more.

    Landlord representatives have been trying to engage with Stoke City Council for the last 12 months who have dismissed the views of their residents/tenants (excluding landlords) and have twice gone against the recommendations of their own Scrutiny Committee and propose to seek Secretary of States approval regardless.

    It seems pointless holding a consultation if you are not prepared to accept the majority view or amend proposals when evidence presented to support such schemes are shown to be inaccurate.
    The consultation release announcement stated this measure was part of the councils saving plan , what more needs to be said !!
    The pilot scheme lost the tax payer over £200 a property but hey ho lets potentially lose a further £1m and subject tenants to rent increases they cannot afford . The damp and mould issues the Authority wish to eliminate are often as we know caused by tenants themselves.

  • Bassetlaw District Council in North Nottinghamshire have started their 12 week consultation exercise in July 2019 on selective licensing for the whole of Worksop town centre.

    • Hi Wendy, thanks for your comment. We are aware of this, our policy team will be making a formal response to this consultation and once we have done so we will be communicating this with members. Many thanks, Victoria

  • Do you know anything about the selective licencing scheme in Leeds? Consultation Ha, ha, ha! has now closed and the scheme to include areas of Harehills and Beeston is now underway. Harehills is the most densely populated area in Europe so I don’t know how the council intends to inspect every house but there you are. The scheme is going to cost me thousands of pounds – £825 per house plus any work that needs doing to up-grade my properties to the council’s ridiculous standards. They expect me to improve my houses to a standard they do not adhere to in their own properties. This is scandalous and risks making the families I let to homeless if I decide to quit the sector as I am seriously considering doing.

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