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Licensing consultations – September & October 2015

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The RLA is responding to the following Council’s private landlord licensing consultations: Blackpool; Barnet; and Blackburn. If you are a landlord in these areas, we urge you to take the time and voice your opinions. The following details should help you respond quickly…

The RLA is responding to the following Council’s private landlord licensing consultations: Blackpool; Barnet; and Blackburn. If you are a landlord in these areas, we urge you to take the time and voice your opinions. The following details should help you respond quickly.

The RLA will submit answers to all consultations that we are aware of. However, we believe that local landlords, with specific local knowledge, can provide compelling responses to proposals.

Blackpool – Additional HMO & Selective Licensing

Central Area, Friday 25th September 2015 deadline

Blackpool Council seems intent on licensing private landlords every area within town and is currently consulting on Central Area.

Private Landlords in the area and throughout Blackpool are encouraged to give their opinions on the costly scheme, ‘Consultation on introducing Selective and Additional Licensing of private rented housing to the Central Area’.

The standard fee structure for the proposed licensing schemes is quite severe and landlords should consider responding to provide a local context to opposition.

Single occupancy houses or flats will require a £670 licence fee, while properties with up to 5 units start at £940. Any property with more than 5 units will have an additional £60 per unit/room.

Click here to view the fee structure for Blackpool Central licensing schemes.

You can take part in consultation questionnaires here:

  1. Selective and additional licensing consultation – landlords’ questionnaire: Your opinion counts!
  2. Selective and additional licensing consultation – residents’ questionnaire: Your opinion counts!

Barnet – Additional HMO Licensing

Borough – wide, Wednesday 30th September 2015 deadline

Barnet Borough Council has recently ended their consultation period on Article 4 proposals. Now residents have until Wednesday 30th September to voice their opinions on the ‘Additional licensing scheme in Barnet for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) consultation’.

Currently, all larger HMO properties in the area are subject to a mandatory licensing scheme. Additional HMO Licensing requires landlords of smaller HMOs to apply for and pay for licences of relevant properties.

As this is a Borough-wide scheme it is likely to impact nearly all the privately rented properties in the area.

The fee structure is complicated and very expensive, click here to view the Schedule of proposed fees for Additional Licensing.

Click here to view consultation documents and respond.

Blackburn – Selective Licensing

Infirmary area, Friday 9th October 2015 deadline

Blackburn Council is consulting on proposals to re-introduce a selective licensing scheme within the Infirmary ward of the area.

Click here to go to the ‘Selective Licensing consultation’ webpage. There you will find details to the size and scope of the proposals and also what the proposed fees are.

There is no set fee, but the Council suggest that it could be in the realm of £750.

Click here to go to the consultation webpage and respond.

Blackburn Council Selective Licensing webpage for further information

As ever the RLA will reply to all local consultations that we become aware of. We urge all local landlords and relevant parties to respond to consultation proposals.

If you are a resident of an area that is considering licensing schemes, do not hesitate to contact the RLA and we will respond in kind. You can reach us on


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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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  • It is very sad that in a civilised country where most people abide with the rules of the country and contribute their share in the upkeep of the nation by way of taxes and duties etc, that the Government (using their jobsworth lackeys- the local councils) is behaving like a needy third world country to co-oerce even more money from private landlords, even though they are providing a valuable service in providing accommodation to the genuine and the not so genuine. There is a vast amount of income in this country but local councils and the government shamefully waste so much money on countless things (too many to mention here).

    It is laughable that they are squeezing small business people with these new stealth taxes knowing full well that we are easy targets and cannot pack up and disappear like some of our headache tenants, who the council will never house. In fact, the homeless are actively encouraged by the councils to seek accommodation in the private sector, because they do not have any stocks of homes available.

    So instead of helping private landlords to keep doing the great job that most private landlords do, they force us to buy expensive licenses and pay for official visits by ‘inspectors’ with plans to cancel any tax relief on the heavy mortgage we pay and the money we spend on the up-keep of our only retirement investment.

    I am very sure that all the people in government from the bottom to the top have safeguarded their investments. They already have a very comfortable lifestyle with all the loopholes and freebies that they are claiming for and to ensure that they can can ‘legally’ offload a lot of their wealth (and training) to their children who will have the finest education and properties to live in and investments to build upon and carry on the good work.

    When these officials retire from their jobs in the government and their countless directorships including all the ‘consultancy’ positions in various corporations (who, by the way, enjoy huge tax breaks and pay nearly zero tax) will live a comparatively very luxurious life when they retire.

    Laughable, and the mentality of a banana republic.

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