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RLA Campaigns work hard to ensure that Local Councils consider the viewpoint of private landlords by responding to all consultations we are aware of. However, it is imperative that you take the time to respond to proposals in your area. It has been shown that proactive landlords can sway judgement in some cases. Norwich, Southwark, Hastings, Islington, Worcester, and Redbridge landlords…take note!

RLA Campaigns work hard to ensure that Local Councils consider the viewpoint of private landlords by responding to all consultations we are aware of. However, it is imperative that you take the time to respond to proposals in your area. It has been shown that proactive landlords can sway judgement in some cases. Norwich, Southwark, Hastings, Islington, Worcester, and Redbridge landlords…take note!

The Tenancies (Reform) Bill and ‘Right to Rent’ (immigration) checks have dominated debates within the private rented sector (PRS) of late, but as things ‘return to normal’ it is time to refocus energies to consultations and local councils.

The RLA responds to all public consultations we are aware of and the following list of upcoming consultations represent campaigning work going forward. If any of the following consultations will impact you, we strongly urge you to get involved and make sure that your voice is heard.

Norwich

What: Article 4 Directions…planning, rather than licensing.

Article 4 direction requirements would mean that any property owner looking to convert a traditional family home into an HMO would have to obtain planning permission beforehand.

When: the deadline is for Friday 12th December at 17.00 (5pm).

How do I get involved: Get information regarding the consultation; and take part in the online consultation by completing an online form: http://www.norwich.gov.uk/Planning/PlanningPolicy/Pages/EmergingLocalPlanningPolicy.aspx

Southwark

What: Selective Licensing & Additional HMO Licensing

Selective Licensing is when a Council draws lines within the district/borough that will constitute the area(s) of the scheme. Any privately rented property that falls within these areas is required to apply for and obtain a licence to continue renting out the property.

A Traditional HMO is a property that: is rented to 5 or more people who form 2 or more households; is at least 3 stories high; where tenants share toilet, bathroom, or kitchen facilities (source). These properties require a licence from the outset to be rented.

Additional HMO licensing requires a licence for any property that houses more than 1 household sharing facilities regardless of height / number of stories.

When: the deadline for responses is Friday 19th December

How do I get involved: Visit the Councils Let’s talk rent” page for initial information, then you can take part with an online survey: https://forms.southwark.gov.uk/ShowForm.asp?fm_fid=1151&np=1 .

Hastings

What: Selective Licensing

When: Deadline is Wednesday 31st December

How do I get involved: Visit the Council’s consultation page for more information and maps, and then be sure to take the online survey to have your voice heard: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7Z2CJX9 .

Islington

What: Additional Licensing of HMOs

A Traditional HMO is a property that: is rented to 5 or more people who form 2 or more households; is at least 3 stories high; where tenants share toilet, bathroom, or kitchen facilities (source). These properties require a licence from the outset to be rented.

Additional HMO licensing requires a licence for any property that houses more than 1 household sharing facilities regardless of height / number of stories.

When: Deadline is Friday 9th January 2015

How do I get involved: Visit the Council’s consultation webpage for information. Then, take part in the online questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/62QGKTT

Wirral

What: Selective Licensing

When: Deadline is Thursday 15th January 2015

How do I get involved: Visit the Wirral Council webpage for the consultation with documents and the online questionnaire with which to respond – http://www.wirral.gov.uk/my-services/council-and-democracy/have-your-say/consultations/current-consultations/selective-licensing

Worcester

What: Additional Licensing of HMOs

When: Deadline is Friday 30th January 2015

How do I get involved: Visit the Council’s consultation website for information; Consultation document; FAQs; HMO standards, Conditions and Management Regulations for more information. Finally, make sure that you take part in the online questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5NX3XX3 .

Redbridge

What: Borough wide Additional HMO and Selective Licensing schemes

Although ‘Selective’ suggests that only certain areas will be impacted with a Borough wide scheme it will relate to all privately rented properties. Additional HMO licensing will bring along specific management criteria.

When: The consultation is currently open and will run until February 2015.

How do I get involved: This Guardian news story provides details; also see the Council’s webpage for the further details on meetings and proposals; the online questionnaire is part of the Council’s consultation webpage, see the bottom right hand corner to navigate the response form: http://surveys.redbridge.gov.uk/surveys/jimmy/property-licensing-scheme/ .

 

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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.

3 Comments

  • Your comments for Southwark are missing the Addtional Licensing they are proposing which is for all properties rented to 3 or more sharers to be licensed HMO’s. This is a major part of the landlord rental market in Southwark and will have far more impact than the Selective LIcensing you are highlighting above, particularly as they are stating minimum room sizes of 8.5 square metres (with a shared lounge) or 10 sq. metres without.

    • Hi Yvette,

      You’re absolutely right, thank you for that. We have updated the page accordingly.

      Be sure to respond yourself!

      RLA Campaigns.

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