The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord licensing scheme.
Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick is reported to have denied the request because Croydon council allegedly failed to provide any evidence of a housing strategy.
An exclusive story on Inside Croydon says the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and its civil servants have been “devastating in their critique of Croydon’s renewal submission.”
The council - which has been roundly criticised in recent months for alleged financial incompetence - is now reported to be facing a £22m ‘black hole’ because expected landlord licensing fees will not be recovered.
In addition, the London Property Licensing service says it has seen a letter from MHCLG to Croydon, suggesting the council had failed to:
- demonstrate how the licensing proposal was consistent with the council’s overall housing strategy;
- show how making the licensing designation would significantly assist them to achieve their objectives; and
- comply with the [now out of date] 2015 Selective Licensing Order with respect to poor housing conditions.
London Property Licensing says: “The Secretary of State said the council had failed to demonstrate how selective licensing, combined with other measures taken by then would contribute to an improvement in the general housing conditions in the area. The Secretary of State also said the council had not demonstrated ‘…strong outcomes or efficient delivery…’ of the previous 2015 to 2020 scheme.”
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