Selective licensing will not proceed in Milton Keynes after a lengthy consultation process and Waltham Forest have delayed the implementation. The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA) responded to both consultations, outlining arguments against implementation on both occasions.
The RLA aims to respond to all consultations possible. However, the proactive role of local landlords cannot be underestimated and it is hoped that with the below consultation responses you can take on arguments against unnecessary licensing schemes of good professional landlords.
You can view the RLA responses here
Milton Keynes council have decided not to run with additional HMO licensing or selective licensing at all, a move that the RLA welcomes and called for in the consultation response from October 2013. You can view the document by clicking here, but in summary the RLA argues that licensing schemes in general are ineffective at tackling instances of anti-social behaviour (ASB) which is the main thrust of Milton Keynes council’s proposals.
Waltham Forest Council proposed selective licensing of privately rented homes in the area on the basis of tackling (ASB). The RLA argue, whenever this logic is used, that selective licensing is ineffective at reducing instances of ASB by tenants. The RLA welcome the council’s steps to reconsider proposals and ensure that the right decision is arrived at.
When responding to selective licensing consultations the RLA is always sure to emphasis the role and responsibilities that the tenants and landlords hold towards each other and the property. The House of Commons Library released a standard note “Anti-social neighbours in private housing” in 2013 which stated:
“As a general rule, landlords are not responsible for the actions of their tenants as long as they have not ‘authorised the anti-social behaviour.”
Pressure from a local landlord group in Waltham Forest was a key factor in the council reconsidering the timing of proposals proving how campaigning and lobbying can effectively cater to the community’s needs. The RLA will continue to respond to any and all consultations, if you are aware of any upcoming or currently being run, please email campaigns at the email address firstname.lastname@example.org.