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October licensing update: Landlords urged to respond to consultations

Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

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.

The consultation closes at midnight on 29 November 2019.

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.

Licensing news

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and media review, and creating social media content. She also contributes to our members magazine, Residential Property Investor.

3 Comments

  • Hi Victoria,

    Do you have an update on Liverpool City Council’s selective licensing scheme renewal from March next year?

    Regards

    Richard Hayward

    • Hi Richard, I have spoken to our local government officer about this. At the moment we are keeping an eye on when the council formally submits its case to the SoS for approval. We will update members when we know more. Thanks, Victoria

  • There is no doubt that Licensing could & does catch some bad landlords. But the negatives are horrendous. The majority 79% good houses have got worse through less funds & admin when there was previously not a problem.
    Good Landlords are exiting having done nothing wrong all their life, then now suddenly being asked to take courses, jump through hoops, implement rules on existing tenants that have been there for years no problem.
    Most of the bad landlords don’t come forward to pay.
    And tenants suffer the most having had rent increases to pay for it.

    Why punish people that previously din’t have a problem? Charge the bad Landlords the costs the councils need to protect the hard done to tenants. Blanket charging everyone is resulting in homelessness.

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