The Secretary of State’s decision to throw out plans to introduce controversial landlord licences in the London Borough of Redbridge has been welcomed by the Residential Landlords Association.
Plans to introduce the scheme, which would require landlords to register with the local authority and pay a fee to do so, were approved by the council’s cabinet in June this year and were set to be introduced in 2016.
However when the council applied to the Department for Communities and Local Government for further approval the bid was turned down.
The RLA has been campaigning against the introduction of landlord licensing schemes, arguing that local authorities can use existing council tax registration forms to ask tenants for details of a property’s tenure and its landlord.
David Smith, policy director for the RLA said: “The decision by the Secretary of State shows the Government shares the view of the RLA, that such licensing schemes are expensive and unnecessary.
“These schemes are little more than a money-making exercise and I hope that this decision will set a precedent across the rest of the country and spell the end for this tax on tenants.”