The London Boroughs of Newham and Bexley have become the most recent London authorities to start licensing consultations. Both authorities have cited supply and demand problems and increased anti-social behaviour as the need for a change in licensing.
The licensing options planned for Bexley would take the form of an ‘additional’ licensing scheme for smaller HMOs as well as possible ‘selective’ licensing of privately rented accommodation in a defined area.
The introduction of a licensing scheme will require the condition of a property to comply with specific standards relating to fire safety, provision of amenities as well as space standards alongside the licence holder will also be required to be deemed suitable by the local authority.
The selective licensing scheme is being considered for private rented properties within the DA8 and SE28 areas and the additional scheme borough wide. The authority has cited high number of complaints they receive of anti-social behaviour or nuisance behaviour per property in these areas as the need for new licensing.
The closing date for comments is Tuesday 24 January 2017.
For more information and details on how to the reply to Bexley’s consultation visit: http://www.bexley.gov.uk/rentitrightconsultation
To keep up to date on news, events, and licensing in Bexley visit their Local Authority Network page: https://www.rla.org.uk/lanetwork/partner.shtml?london-borough-of-bexley
The borough of Newham introduced a borough wide Additional Licensing Scheme in 2013, this runs until 31st December 2017. The authority is now asking the public to give their views on a new scheme that would begin 1st January 2018. The number of privately rented properties in Newham has grown significantly in recent years with the current figure standing at approximately 45,000. Private renting is predicted to continue to rise, as demand for housing outstrips supply and house prices remain unaffordable for many residents.
Newham Councils believes that their past experience shows that without licensing anti-social behaviour in rental properties is likely to increase. The borough is committed to driving up the quality of private rented properties in the borough and reducing the problems associated with it. They believe proposing a updated scheme for January 2018 will diminish crime, anti-social behaviour, and deprivation in new and existing rental properties.
The London Borough is consulting on two options:
Option 1 – Implement a borough-wide scheme
This option proposes to implement a borough-wide Additional Licensing scheme (covering houses in multiple occupation) and Selective Licensing scheme (properties with one family or household). This means all private sector landlords will need a licence and have to meet the necessary criteria in order to hold a licence.
Option 2 – Implement a borough-wide scheme that excludes E20
This option proposes to implement a borough-wide Additional Licensing scheme (covering houses in multiple occupation) and Selective Licensing scheme (properties with one family or household) across the whole borough apart from the East Village (E20 postcode area) in Stratford.
The closing date for comments is Monday 23 January 2017 and the report will be published Thursday 6 April 2017.
For more information on the consultation and details on how to reply visit: https://www.newham.gov.uk/Pages/ServiceChild/Property-licensing-consultation.aspx
To keep up to date on news, events, and licensing in Newham visit their Local Authority Network page: https://www.rla.org.uk/lanetwork/partner.shtml?london-borough-of-newham