Brighton and Hove council has approved the introduction of selective licensing in twelve wards of the town.
The new selective licensing scheme will mean that landlords who have properties in many wards of the city will now have to pay for a licence, in order to rent out their property lawfully.
The areas that will be affected by the new scheme include: Brunswick and Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Hanover & Elm Grove, Hollingdean & Stanmer, Queens Park, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean, Preston Park, Regency, South Portslade, St Peters & North Laine and Westbourne.
The Secretary of State has confirmed that the designation shall come into force on 4 February 2019, and unless revoked beforehand, it will remain in force for a period of five years.
You can read the official notice from Brighton and Hove Council here
When the council launched a consultation on the plans, the RLA formally responded to it, by saying that There is little evidence that licensing schemes improve housing standards. The focus of staff
becomes the processing and issue of licences, while prosecutions centre on whether a
property is licensed or not, rather than improving management standards and property
The RLA is opposed to Selective Licensing in general, because it believes that good, law abiding landlords are made to pay up for often expensive licences, while the criminal landlords do not pay for a licence and continue to operate ‘below the radar’.
In June, the Government announced that it would be launching a review into Selective Licensing, the results of which look set to be published in Spring.
Find out more
- Want to learn more about selective licensing? You can have a read of our guide on Selective Licensing here