Hyndburn Landlords Association has achieved a significant victory challenging conditions of a local Selective Licensing scheme, with the backing of the RLA. The decision restricts the role of housing conditions as the basis of selective licensing scheme proposals. The victory will influence current and future scheme proposals.
A letter from the Property Chamber First-tier Tribunal to RLA Policy Director Richard Jones details changes to selective licensing criterion which no longer accepts property conditions as a basis for implementing schemes. This is incredibly important because it sets a precedent for licensing and changes the methods in which Councils can propose licensing schemes.
Essentially, Councils can no longer propose licensing schemes under the pretence of property conditions. How this will impact current and future licensing schemes is yet to be seen, but as an Association, the RLA is very pleased with the news.
The letter to Richard Jones describes the changes that will be made to conditions of licensing. Production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Electrical Installation Condition Report shall be removed from landlord requirements.
Other conditions have been amended and, for landlords in the area it is imperative they understand the changed requirements. National landlords may want to have a look for insight into potential changes near them. The amendments can be found on page 18 at the end of the letter.
The RLA will be considering the amendments seriously when conducting consultation responses and fully expect councils to revaluate their rationale surrounding licensing scheme proposals.