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.
You can take part in consultation questionnaires here:
- Selective and additional licensing consultation – landlords’ questionnaire: Your opinion counts!
- 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.
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.
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 email@example.com