Review of Selective Licensing announced

by Property 118

14:15 PM, 20th June 2018
About 2 years ago

Review of Selective Licensing announced

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Review of Selective Licensing announced

In addition to releasing the guide “Houses in multiple occupation and residential property licensing reform: guidance for local housing authorities” the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has today announced a review into selective licensing to find out how well it is working.

The review and its finding will be released some time next Spring 2019 and will include evidence from independent commissioners, local authorities and bodies representing agents, landlords, tenants and housing professionals.

According to “Selective licensing gives local housing authorities the power to make it compulsory for landlords renting out private accommodation in a specified area to have a licence.

The intention behind the scheme is to deliver improved standards and safety in the private rented sector by enabling councils to assess whether they consider a potential landlord to be ‘fit or proper’. The local authority is also able to make other stipulations concerning management of the property and appropriate safety measures.”

Evidence from our own readers in particular, Larry Sweeney in Liverpool, and Mick Roberts in Nottingham has been particularly damning regarding the implementation, costs and legality of Selective Licensing in their respective local authorities.


Mick Roberts

15:00 PM, 3rd July 2018
About 2 years ago

Keep me posted. Nottingham has bought in every silly condition possible.

Gayle Tregaskis

15:03 PM, 3rd July 2018
About 2 years ago

Send me your email and I'll send my appeal in confidence of course.

Mick Roberts

10:42 AM, 4th July 2018
About 2 years 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."

Mick Roberts

18:30 PM, 20th July 2018
About 2 years ago

I'm behind on me emails.

Chris Daniel

19:57 PM, 20th July 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Gayle Tregaskis at 03/07/2018 - 15:03Gayle,
A few core P118 stalwarts are in a group interested in opposing licensing schemes. You may recall the post on P118 a few months ago by me ?
If you have some appeal info that could help our cause, I'd appreciate sight of it. Regards

Mick Roberts

9:54 AM, 21st July 2018
About 2 years ago

Yes we all need to appeal, and preferably complain, so the tribunals and Ombudsman think What's happening here, some'at must be wrong.
In Nottingham, I think to appeal to the Licenensing before tribunal, it is £150 EVERY condition we have to pay. This is gonna put loads off appealing on what they think is unfair stuff.

Chris Daniel

11:49 AM, 21st July 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 21/07/2018 - 09:54
I think we'd need to look at whether they ( the L.A ) can legally charge for an Appeal against their decision ?
Maybe a complain to Local Govt Ombudsman ?

Mick Roberts

6:16 AM, 22nd July 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris Daniel at 21/07/2018 - 11:49
Yeah good point.
Pass the message out cause I seem be the only one complaining at moment.
Lot of Landlords are scared about complaining as they say they don't want to make theirself a target for inspections.

Chris Daniel

13:10 PM, 22nd July 2018
About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 22/07/2018 - 06:16Mick,
If you want me to look into the Appeal and charging for such ( which quite interests me, or at least my wicked side 😉 send details to ;
In fact, I might well do an FOI to them about the number of Appeals and ask them what publicity they carry to inform landlords of the opportunity to Appeal. Might even do the FOI to MHCLG, as their having a Review on Licensing. The more I think of it, the more mischievous I'm becoming 😉

Mick Roberts

6:07 AM, 23rd July 2018
About 2 years ago


I've emailed you start of my complaint to Ombudsman, which u may be able to pick some stuff out for appeals.

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