Landlords are being urged to make their views heard in local authority licensing consultations.
Several local authorities currently have consultations that are open, including Brent, Lewisham, Worksop and Rotherham.
The RLA aims to respond to all local licensing consultations. You can read our recent response to Birmingham City Council’s consultation on plans to introduce a city-wide Article 4 Direction here.
Last month, the findings of an independent review of selective licensing were published.
See below for our list of licensing consultations that are currently open, and how you can have your say.
Brent-additional and selective licensing consultation-closes
25 Aug 2019.
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.
Lewisham-additional and selective licensing-consultation closes 20th August 2019
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. Read the RLA’s response to this consultation here.
To read more about the proposals and have your say, click here.
Rotherham – selective licensing consultation-closes 8th September 2019
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. P
Havering-selective and additional licensing consultation-closes 20th September 2019
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.
Bassetlaw District Council, selective licensing-consultation closes 10th October
The Council is consulting with local tenants, residents, landlords and letting agents over proposals to introduce Selective Licensing for privately rented housing in the designated areas of Worksop South East, Worksop Central and Worksop Sandy Lane. A full list of streets that would be covered by the proposed licensing scheme is available online here, as well as details on how to respond.
Islington Council-consultation on selective and additional licensing- closes 3rd November
Islington council has opened a consultation on additional and selective licensing. The council is proposing to introduce borough-wide additional licensing, while the proposed selective licensing scheme will cover all the properties in the Finsbury Park ward that are not already covered by mandatory licensing. Landlords can read more about the consultation and have their say on the council’s website here.
To learn more about selective licensing, read our guidance for landlords here.
*The RLA aims to respond to all local authority licensing consultations. If there is a current licensing consultation that we have not included on this list, please let us know by commenting.