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New Licensing Scheme is Extremely Complex, Warns Consultant

A property expert has described a new licensing scheme as one of the most complex to date.

The selective licensing scheme in Southwark, London is due to be implemented on 1st November. It will extend licensing to all private rental homes in some parts of the borough.

New Licensing Scheme is Extremely Complex, Warns Consultant

New Licensing Scheme is Extremely Complex, Warns Consultant

However, consultant Richard Tacagni says the area included in the scheme is much larger than it appears.

The council states the scheme “includes but is not limited to” certain roads.1

Tacagni, of consultancy firm London Property Licensing, says the scheme extends to 17 distinct areas, including 5,000 properties on 134 streets.

He advises landlords and letting agents to study the license requirements very carefully.

Alongside the new licensing scheme, the council is extending the existing House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing to all HMOs in the borough. This includes every property that is shared by three or more unrelated individuals and encompasses around 10,000 homes.

The selective licensing fee is £500 per property for five years and the additional HMO fee is £250 per bedroom. This equals £1,250 for a five-bedroom shared house.

Tacagni reveals that this is one of the highest fees in London.

In another borough, a legal challenge against a licensing scheme in Croydon has been rejected by the High Court.

Croydon Property Forum, a group including agents, landlords and developers, applied for a judicial review. The judge, Sir Stephen Silber, denied the application, saying the council had consulted properly.

The borough-wide scheme will come into force on 1st October.


Landlords Object Licensing Scheme in Court

A decision on whether to allow a judicial review regarding a blanket licensing scheme is expected on Thursday 14th August.

Landlords Object Licensing Scheme in Court

Landlords Object Licensing Scheme in Court

This week, Croydon Property Forum – a group of landlords, agents and developers – requested a judicial review from the judge, Sir Stephen Silber, at the High Court.

Croydon’s licensing scheme is set to come into force on 1st October 2015, with five-year licenses costing £750 per property.

The judge heard arguments on whether the council has consulted properly.

Representing Croydon Property Forum, Jonathan Manning said that the council had not sought the opinion of landlords and had ignored the developers that are building “large quantities of housing in the borough, much of which will be made available as private rent.”1

Representing Croydon Council, Clive Sheldon QC argued that it is common sense for developers that are hoping to invest in the borough to do plenty of research.

Meanwhile, another licensing scheme is facing criticism in the centre of Blackpool. The scheme would cost up to £940 per property.

Landlords have warned the council that rents will be increased if the scheme is granted.

They believe that the council already has sufficient resources and legislation to tackle rogue landlords.


Agents and Landlords to Challenge Licensing Scheme

Agents and Landlords to Challenge Licensing Scheme

Agents and Landlords to Challenge Licensing Scheme

Croydon Council’s landlord licensing scheme is due to be introduced on 1st October 2015. However, the London borough may face a legal challenge.

Thousands of leaflets detailing the scheme have not included the fact that the Council is facing a backlash.

Letting agents, landlords and developers have formed the Croydon Property Forum, which is seeking a judicial review. The group believes that the Council’s consultation process was flawed.

A local newspaper says that a hearing date has not yet been decided for the judicial review application, which has been compiled by a legal team including barristers who won a legal battle in Enfield, North London.

Croydon Councils claims that its licensing scheme is robust and lawful.