This month the RLA has responded to several local authority licensing consultations.
Here, we take a glance at some of the current consultations that are being run by local authorities, our recent licensing responses and other news related to licensing.
Current licensing consultations
Islington additional licensing and selective licensing consultation [closes 3rd November]
Islington Council is proposing to introduce borough-wide additional HMO licensing, and also a selective licensing scheme to cover all properties in the Finsbury Park ward, that are not already covered by mandatory licensing. Landlords can read more about this consultation and have their say on the council’s website here.
Enfield – selective licensing scheme renewal and borough-wide additional HMO licensing [Closes 29th November]
Enfield Council has launched a consultation on plans to introduce two new private rented property licensing schemes.
The Council is proposing to introduce the following licensing schemes:
1. The first proposed scheme is for Selective Licensing, which would operate in the following thirteen wards: Bowes, Edmonton Green, Enfield Highway, Enfield Lock, Haselbury, Jubilee, Lower Edmonton, Palmers Green, Ponders End, Southbury, Southgate Green, Turkey Street and Upper Edmonton;
A further proposed selective licensing scheme, would operate in Chase ward.
2. A second proposed scheme is for Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which will apply to the whole borough.
Croydon borough wide selective licensing scheme renewal [closes 17th February]
In October 2015, Croydon Council introduced a borough-wide scheme requiring all private landlords to be licensed and ensure their tenants’ homes meet key housing, environmental and safety standards.
The five-year scheme is now up for renewal in 2020, and a consultation has been launched. In the consultation documents, Croydon Council has put forward three proposals. These are:
- To introduce a scheme covering 92% of the private rented sector in Croydon; a borough-wide scheme; or one that focuses on property conditions in 22 Croydon wards, and anti-social behaviour in the remaining six wards.
To read more about the plans and have your say in this consultation, click here.
Recent consultations the RLA has responded to
The RLA has recently responded to licensing consultations in Tower Hamlets, Wirral and Bassetlaw. Recently, Hounslow Council u-turned on plans to introduce a licensing scheme in the borough, thanks to an intervention from the RLA and SafeAgent over concerns about the actual consultation the council run.
- Tower Hamlets Article 4 direction could harm supply-RLAT
- RLA opposes plans to renew Wirral selective licensing scheme
- RLA opposes Bassetlaw licensing plan
- The RLA has received confirmation from Brent Council that a borough-wide additional licensing scheme has been given the go ahead. The scheme will come into force next year.
- Landlords in certain parts of Beeston and Harehills, Leeds are reminded that if they have not already done so, they will need to apply for a selective licence by January 2020. Click here to see which areas are affected by this scheme.