West Midlands

Sandwell Council consulting on selective licensing

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RLA Director, Andy Burton recently spoke at an assembly of over 100 landlords in West Bromwich Town Hall addressing the case against the proposed selective licensing scheme of landlords by Sandwell Council…

RLA Director, Andy Burton recently spoke at an assembly of over 100 landlords in West Bromwich Town Hall addressing the case against the proposed selective licensing scheme of landlords by Sandwell Council.

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) looks to be the rationale behind licensing proposals. The RLA argue that licensing is ineffective at tackling issues of ASB and gains evidence from the House of Commons who have produced a standard note specifically on the topic: “Anti-social behaviour in private housing”.

The Residential Landlords’ Association (RLA)  will be responding the Sandwell council’s selective licensing scheme consultation proposals, but the RLA campaigns team urges local landlords to attend meetings, respond to consultations, and generally make it as difficult as possible for councils to decree licensing a popular idea. Take the council survey by clicking here.

In this sense RLA campaigns urges local landlords and other private rented sector (PRS) professionals in the Sandwell council constituency to respond to a short survey run by the council. The survey looks to gauge the opinions of landlords regarding the scheme and can be taken by clicking here.

More information can be found on the Sandwell council consultation page with summaries of selective licensing in general, designated areas, and further information. Click here for more information.

The consultation opened on Monday 3rd March and run until Monday 12th May.

A schedule of meetings can be found on the Sandwell Council website, here.

The RLA responds to all consultations that the campaigns team are aware and have enjoyed success in certain cases. Milton Keynes for example has decided not to go ahead with selective licensing schemes. However, a large aspect of this stems from the proactive nature of local landlords, letting and managing agents voicing their opinions and speaking out against proposals.

If you are aware of any other licensing consultations being undertaken in your area, please email campaigns at campaigns@rla.org.uk

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The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) represents the interests of landlords in the private rented sector (PRS) across England and Wales. With over 23,000 subscribing members, and an additional 16,000 registered guests who engage regularly with the association, we are the leading voice of private landlords. Combined, they manage almost half a million properties.

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