Selective Licensing – Waltham Forest

The council carried out and completed the consultation process on its proposal to introduce a scheme for the licensing of privately rented properties in the Borough on 24 January 2014. Over 1,534 responses were received, together with written comments.
An update report was presented to Council Cabinet Committee meeting on 18 March 2014 . A further report was presented to Council Cabinet on 24 June 2014 which approved the decision to designate the whole borough as a Selective Licensing Area.

Source:Waltham Council

What will Selective Licensing achieve?

The most important issue for us is to reduce levels of antisocial behaviour and make Waltham Forest a safer place for residents and businesses in the area. The main areas we want to focus on are antisocial behaviour such as playing loud music and using homes for illegal activities, and contraventions such as sub-standard conversions of homes. However, we also want to use licensing to drive up management standards generally for all private rented properties in the borough. Our studies have shown that many tenants renting in the private sector are having to endure some of the worst tenancy conditions in the borough, such as serious overcrowding and unsafe homes.
Requiring every landlord or managing agent to apply for a licence will help us to identify all of the properties that are rented out privately. This will give us the opportunity to inspect the properties to assess fitness and speak to landlords and tenants about their obligations.

Why does the Council want to introduce Selective Licensing for the whole borough and not just selected areas?

We have found links between antisocial behaviour and privately rented homes in these areas and so feel it is appropriate to introduce Selective Licensing on a borough-wide basis. We also want to do everything we can to ensure that all residents in the borough who are affected by problems caused by landlords not taking their responsibilities seriously have the opportunity to benefit from any improvement measures that we take.

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Selective Licensing – Blackpool

Blackpool licensing

Selective licensing was introduced in the southern area of the town known as South Beach in March 2012.
On the 27 January 2014 the council designated the Claremont ward area for both selective and additional licensing schemes. This has become effective since April 27 2014. More information about the Claremont scheme are available below.

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Selective Licensing – Blackpool

Blackpool licensing.

Selective licensing was introduced in the southern area of the town known as South Beach in March 2012.
On the 27 January 2014 the council designated the Claremont ward area for both selective and additional licensing schemes. This has become effective since April 27 2014. More information about the Claremont scheme are available below.

Private Landlords don't get caught out, join the Selective Licensing campaign here

Newham Council awarded £1m


Newham Council’s pioneering work in tackling rogue private sector landlords has been recognised by the Government who have awarded the council £1 million to help build on its success.​
The council successfully applied for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government to develop its enforcement work. The £1.028m awarded is the biggest amount to any local authority in the country.

Since property licensing was introduced, 1,997 enforcement visits have been completed on unlicensed properties, 5,078 warning letters have been sent out and 82 cautions have been issued for first time offences. In addition to this, the council is seeking to prosecute 134 landlords under the Housing Act for various offences. The highest fine so far has been £12k and at least three notorious portfolio landlords have been refused licences for over 100 properties

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Selective licensing Local Government Committee’s inquiry

Sections 79, 80 and 81 of the Housing Act 2004

The Communities and Local Government Committee’s inquiry into the private rented sector (2012-13) considered the operation of selective licensing and recommended that the Government should bring forward proposals for a reformed approach. In the February 2014 consultation paper, Review of Property Conditions in the Private Rented Sector, the Government criticises borough-wide licensing schemes and expresses a preference for voluntary accreditation. The deadline for responses to the consultation exercise was 28 March 2014.

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