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Waltham forest proceed with licensing

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Waltham Forest council has recently announced that selective licensing will be introduced for private landlords in 2015. The announcement was made recently, as the council delayed the decision…

Waltham Forest council has recently announced that selective licensing will be introduced for private landlords in 2015. The announcement was made recently, as the council delayed the decision.

The scheme comes into force on 1st April 2015 and will run, unless revoked until 31st Marc 2020. The scheme looks to cover the entire London borough of Waltham Forest and has been referred to as a ‘blanket’ scheme as opposed to ‘selective’.

The RLA responded initially to consultation proposals from Waltham Forest council arguing that the basis for the scheme was not suitable for a licensing scheme.

Private landlords are invited to register in January 2015 to take advantage of an ‘early bird discount’ on licensing fees. Non-compliant landlords face fines of up to £20,000 for not having a licence and up to £5,000 for other infringements.

The RLA remains unconvinced that licensing is an appropriate method in raising standards in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) and tackling criminal landlords, with co-regulation a more appropriate measure.

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