Mandatory Licensing in September?

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10:44 AM, 17th March 2016
About 3 years ago

Mandatory Licensing in September?

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Mandatory Licensing in September?

Since April 2015, the government has signaled that it will introduce new legislation via the Housing and Planning Bill or an amendment to the 2004 Housing Act, which will extend the range of mandatory licensing.Mandatory

This regulation currently only applies to 3 story properties with 5 or more people, though this will now include 2 story properties and self contained flats. This would include a vast number of flats.

Therefore the regime change would be significant in terms of the number of properties this would capture. A fee of £1,000 per property (over 5 years) would yield millions ‘to support enforcement and other measures to improve safety and quality in this sector’.

This is expected to be introduced in September 2016.

Does anyone know more about this new legislation and what can be done about it?

Lyn



Comments

Gary Dully

2:38 AM, 18th March 2016
About 3 years ago

Hello Lyn,

The new Housing and Planning Bill is currently going through Parliament and you can read about it, by doing a Google Search.

HMO's will be licensed, but I have read it and the distinction of a HMO as it stands isn't in it.
I will have to read it again over my cornflakes, as Scotland has just introduced their version of changes on Thursday.

But there are a lot of details that are still being argued over.

What is in it, is a database that all Councils will be given access to for stamping out rogue landlords and letting agents.

The sanctions to watch for are rent repayment orders, which are going to bankrupt many landlords, who fall foul of the rules.
There are also LHA repayment orders in the pipeline that can be invoked by councils and courts.

There are to be banning orders also preventing rogue landlords and unfit people from having the legal ability to rent.

That's as much as I know, as I'm hoping that property118 and others will be covering the subject as soon as it receives royal ascent.

Chris Byways

9:05 AM, 18th March 2016
About 3 years ago

What about protection for the vast majority of honest landlords from slum tenants?

£1,000 per property (+ say 20% markup) every 5 years, paid up front, means rents will need to be increased now, for this measure alone.

I am thinking a freehold building, with self-contained flats, technically called an HMO would be more profitably sold off separately as leasehold flats.

If there is nothing in the Bill to protect landlords, but possible protection of discrimination against DSS/UC recipients, yet the Courts faffing about not giving rapid effective eviction of non payers, (IE order all future rent paid on time until a final court decision or bailiffs attending, or out in 24hours) then I think very much larger deposits and/or greater rent in advance payments will be the way to go.

It all seems so biased in the rogue tenant's favour, against the interest of the majority of good tenants and all landlords.

David Lovegrove

13:15 PM, 18th March 2016
About 3 years ago

Is this proposed legislation for 2 storey properties and self contained flats with 5 or more tenants ?
I imagine we all will need to be licenced in the future regardless of dwelling type or number of occupants.
Isn't this the case already in Wales ?

Mick Roberts

10:58 AM, 4th July 2018
About 5 months ago

Can you Landlords please sign this & forward to all your contacts.
A small hope, we have to try anything & everything.
I'm sure we not get 10k signatures, but the more Licensing & Govt start to see these things, who knows.
“Petition calling for a review of Nottingham City Councils Selective Licensing."
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223039

http://www.selectivelicensingtruth.co.uk/


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