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KEYWORD "Landlord Licensing" - 100 RESULTS
Activists trying to push Labour into imposing rent controls

Activists are beginning to pile pressure on London Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, claiming the public will be disappointed if he toes...

08 April 2024

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Another council set to implement a landlord licensing scheme

Burnley council says it’s considered the findings of a six-week public consultation and is set to increase planning controls over the...

04 April 2024

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Call for “sentencing guidelines” to punish landlords over licensing

A charity is calling for landlord licensing schemes which cost enough to fund annual inspections, and the issuing of “sentencing guidelines”...

28 March 2024

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Landlord Licensing - drop-in events to be part of formal consultation

Another council is consulting about a controversial selective licensing scheme.  North Lincolnshire council says the proposed scheme is “designed to improve housing...

11 March 2024

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Radical reforms to rejuvenate renting, by industry commentator

A property industry commentator has set out what he calls a plan of action to rejuvenate the buy to let sector. Jonathan...

05 March 2024

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Licensing scheme fees based on landlords’ past performance

A London council is consulting on another controversial landlord licensing scheme. Barking and Dagenham council’s existing Selective Licensing Scheme has been applied to...

21 February 2024

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Landlords rebel against Labour council £1,800 licence fee

Bristol’s controversial Labour council is extending previous licensing schemes to other parts of the city at some £1,800 HMO per licence...

13 February 2024

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Landlord Alert: licensing risks of double jeopardy and entrapment

A legal services provider is claiming that landlords risk criminal prosecution for breaches of licensing rules that are often “unreasonable and...

02 February 2024

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Banning order victory for council after landlord appeal

Newham council in London has won what it calls a landmark case against a convicted rogue landlord. The court has dismissed the...

18 January 2024

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Landlords taking legal action against ‘eye watering’ council licensing

Four landlords are contemplating seeking a judicial review of a council’s proposed licensing scheme extension. Middlesbrough council is consulting on extending its...

08 January 2024

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Another council leaps on landlord licensing gravy train

Middlesbrough is the latest council wanting to expand its landlord licensing regime. It’s consulting on extending its existing scheme to another ward. The...

05 January 2024

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Activist group makes formal public apology to landlords' chief

The controversial activist group Acorn has made a formal public apology to the chief executive of the National Residential Landlords Association. On...

04 January 2024

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Gove’s Christmas Gift to Landlords - yet another licensing system

It’s emerged that Housing Secretary approved yet another vast landlord licensing system just days before Christmas. On December Gove gave approval to...

28 December 2023

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How will the Build To Rent market look in 2024?

By Luke Lightfoot, Regional Director of Asset Management at Sigma Capital As the fastest growing sub-sector in the UK rental market, it’s...

23 December 2023

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Another day, another landlord licensing scheme proposed by council

Gedling council in Nottinghamshire is launching a consultation to renew yet another selective licensing scheme. The scheme was launched in 2018 and...

19 December 2023

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Gove gives go-ahead to one of UK’s largest licensing schemes

Almost all landlords letting out properties in a London borough will soon be legally required to have a selective license. It’s one...

07 December 2023

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New Taskforce launched to hit back at criminal landlords

Some £2m of government money has been channeled into a brand new country cil Taskforce aimed at identifying and clamping down...

04 December 2023

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Bankrupt! - Labour council which tomorrow launches huge licensing scheme

A controversial licensing scheme is due to come into force tomorrow - just as the council administering it has declared itself...

30 November 2023

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Airbnb sub-letting call explodes into national media controversy

An Airbnb survey first reported last week on Landlord Today has exploded into a national newspaper controversy. Airbnb claims that almost 80...

07 November 2023

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HMO Council Tax breakthrough 'may not save landlords money'

The breakthrough on council tax and HMOs, announced just before the weekend, may not be all that it seems. That’s the view...

31 October 2023

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Devastating impact of Renters Reform Bill revealed by legal expert

The Renters Reform Bill could end up with landlords going bankrupt, a housing law specialist is warning. Des Taylor, director of compliance...

26 October 2023

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Compliance for Landlords - Crash Course to be held this week

Next weekend sees a crash course event for landlords to bring them up to date with the 160 pieces of legislation...

03 October 2023

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Yet more London council landlord licensing on the cards

A London council is looking to introduce new licensing for landlords. Currently Wandsworth council operates mandatory licensing for HMOs with five or...

18 September 2023

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Fake News - landlords warned against taking false social media advice

Landlords are being advised to be on their guard and not be duped by social media messages urging them to flout...

01 September 2023

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Don’t cut corners on mandatory EICR reports - warning

Landlords are unwittingly exposing their tenants to the serious danger of fire because they opt for the cheaper option when hiring...

16 August 2023

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Yet another council ponders revenue-raising licensing scheme

A council is to consult on a new licensing scheme that aims to tackle rogue landlords in parts of Scunthorpe that...

02 August 2023

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Michael Gove gives thumbs up to another Labour licensing scheme

A controversial licensing scheme will come into force this winter with the blessing of Housing Secretary Michael Gove. Nottingham council’s selective licensing...

01 August 2023

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Yet More Landlord Licensing: another council ponders controls

Landlords providing accommodation on the Wirral are likely to get further licensing as a new consultation goes ahead.  The proposals suggest continuing...

31 July 2023

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Labour council spending £50k ‘exploring idea of landlord licensing’

A council in the south east of England says it is “exploring the possibility” of introducing a huge landlord licensing scheme. Councillors...

26 July 2023

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Gove approves one of UK’s largest landlord licensing schemes

Southwark’s Labour council has won the backing of Housing Secretary Michael Gove for one of the largest private landlord licensing schemes...

19 July 2023

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Senior politician backs local landlord licensing scheme

Licensing schemes continue to spread - even to the Channel Islands. The Jersey Evening Post reports that the island’s Chief Minister has...

10 July 2023

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Landlord refuses to license two properties and is fined

A landlord who failed to get his properties licensed has been fined. Under the Selective Landlord Licensing scheme in part of Middlesbrough...

04 July 2023

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Almost 50% off licensing cost in council’s early-bird offer

One of London’s most aggressive landlord licensing regimes says it has an early-bird offer running until July 14. Landlords applying for Newham...

20 June 2023

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Phil Spencer coaches letting agents on retaining landlords

TV property guru Phil Spencer has offered a series of tips to letting agents on how to retain landlord clients, especially...

09 June 2023

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Labour Mayor backs call for vast increase in landlord licensing

The Labour Mayor of Newham in London has called for a vast extension of landlord licensing. Rokhsana Fiaz says she welcomes a...

05 June 2023

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Beware of incompetent letting agents - new warning to landlords

Landlords are urged to be cautious and do extensive research before signing up to a letting agent in the face of...

19 May 2023

From: Breaking News

Rental Reform - Phil Spencer demands radical simplification of regulations

TV property expert Phil Spencer has called for a radical simplification of the rules surrounding landlord licensing, fees and other regulations. In...

15 May 2023

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One of UK’s biggest landlord licensing regimes now bigger still

One of the country’s largest landlord licensing regimes has expanded even more this week. Some 700 more private sector homes in Manchester...

11 May 2023

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Enforcement action leaves rogue landlord with huge bill

A landlord has been ordered to pay over £3,000 for operating an unsafe HMO  following enforcement action by Havering council. John Abraka...

21 April 2023

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Council rubber-stamps HMO policy against landlords' wishes

Landlords converting a property of any size to rent out on multiple tenancies in seven areas of a London borough could...

23 March 2023

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Controversial council wants city-wide small HMOs licensing

A consultation on a new licensing scheme for landlords letting out HMOs in Nottingham is running until May 24. The Labour council...

03 March 2023

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Labour tells landlords not to raise rents to pay for new licensing

Labour controlled Nottingham council is introducing a new licensing scheme - and tells landlords not to raise rents to pay the...

23 January 2023

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Labour’s Shadow Chancellor backs selective licensing for landlords

The local media in Yorkshire says Labour’s Rachel Reeves - the Shadow Chancellor - is campaigning for the introduction of a...

12 January 2023

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Yet More Licensing - three weeks left for landlord comments

A council is reminding landlords that they have only until the end of the month to comment on a proposed scheme...

10 January 2023

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Labour council will back rent controls … but cannot implement them

A Labour council is being tipped to vote tomorrow to introduce rent controls for the private sector, even though it has...

09 January 2023

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Could Starmer’s local devolution mean rent controls?

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer has set out a radical programme of devolution to local authorities at city and county level...

06 January 2023

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Gove backs Labour council's unprecedented licensing scheme

A London council says it’s been given the go ahead by Housing Secretary Michael Gove for an “unprecedented” third five-year term. The...

30 December 2022

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Landlords mock “waste of time” Labour licensing scheme

It’s claimed that Liverpool’s Labour council would take almost 150 years to process applications for its landlord licensing scheme. The council has...

08 December 2022

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Make it easier for councils to introduce landlord licensing - call

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has written to Housing Secretary Michael Gove urging him to make it easier for councils...

30 November 2022

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Yet another landlord licensing regime looks set for 2023

A consultation on a new licensing regime looks set to start in Warwick in the new year. The council will next week...

30 November 2022

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Rent Reform Activists turn on each other in factional feud

Two groups of activists who campaign for rent controls and reform of the private lettings sector have turned on each other. Acorn...

29 November 2022

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Landlord licences depend on anti-social behaviour plans, council says

Views are being sought on the designation of a scheme to improve standards in part of Middlesbrough.  A selective landlord licensing scheme...

24 November 2022

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Labour council claims landlord licensing ‘just 0.5% average rent’

A Labour council introducing a vast new licensing regime claims its typical cost to a landlord would be just 0.5 per...

23 November 2022

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Licensing regime on the way - another London council to decide

Proposals have been brought forward by Wandsworth council in London to set up a review into the feasibility of introducing discretionary...

16 November 2022

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London consultation on additional licensing scheme

A borough-wide consultation on landlord licensing for privately rented properties in Brent is taking place for the next 12 weeks.  The online...

02 November 2022

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Questions over value of controversial city licensing scheme

A scheme which some regard as the most controversial landlord licensing regime in the country is coming under scrutiny. Labour councillors on...

20 October 2022

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Big city landlord licensing regime set to expand

Landlords and agents are being asked their views on proposals to expand Selective Licensing to eight new areas of Manchester. There are...

11 October 2022

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Government backs huge new licensing scheme starting in New Year

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has approved a London council’s plan to introduce a new private rented property...

05 October 2022

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Probe launched into national landlord register and council licensing

An organisation that describes itself as ‘politically independent and a charity’ is launching a probe into how further regulation could help...

05 October 2022

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Another council to extend existing landlord licensing regime

From November Gedling council in Nottinghamshire wants its Selective Licensing extended to four additional wards.  This follows a pilot where over 78...

28 September 2022

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Labour wants councils to have greater landlord licensing powers

Labour wants councils to have the power to implement landlord licensing across their full boundaries, without requiring government consent. Currently councils wanting...

27 September 2022

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Council hits Airbnb whole-house lets with huge waste charges

A controversial Labour council aims to make life more expensive for landlords who let out whole properties via Airbnb or other...

08 September 2022

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New partnership scheme has discounts for landlord licensing

Landlords are being encouraged to work with a local council “to give families a stable home, improve the quality of properties...

31 August 2022

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Activists want council to recruit staff to catch rogue landlords

Media reports from Cambridge say that rent protesters in the city are to demand the council employs staff dedicated to chasing...

30 August 2022

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Activists want Labour chiefs to hear case for selective licensing

Activists in the Acorn group is hoping to attract Labour councillors who run Leeds to a meeting next week, which will...

19 August 2022

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See You In Court! Landlords threaten legal action over licensing

A landlord group is threatening legal action following a council’s approval of a new licensing scheme. York council - run by a...

04 August 2022

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UK’s most controversial licensing scheme has to extend discount period

The early bird discount period for what many regard as the country’s most controversial landlord licensing scheme has been extended. The discount...

01 July 2022

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Landlords threatened with enforcement action by council

A local authority in London is threatening landlords with enforcement action if they don’t pay up for a new license. Lewisham’s Labour...

16 June 2022

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Pioneering door-to-door consultation over landlord licensing proposal

A market research company is to go door-to-door to seek residents’ views as part of a council’s consultation on landlord licensing. MEL...

26 May 2022

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Another consultation, another licensing scheme extension…

Another council is conducting a consultation process aimed at renewing its existing landlord licensing for a further five years. Sefton council has...

18 May 2022

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Licensing regime to start after consultation held two years ago

A Midlands council is the latest to introduce an additional licensing regime for HMOs - but it’s based on a consultation...

16 May 2022

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Licensing “allows council to work with private landlords” - claim

A consultation is underway into the extension of yet another private landlord licensing scheme for a further five years. Since March 2018...

10 May 2022

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New platform will help landlords optimise yields from property

A new version of PropTech platform Yuno claims to solve the problem of how a landlord should decide what is the...

05 May 2022

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Government backs landlord licensing despite objectives being achieved

The government has given the green light to two selective licensing schemes in areas of Burnley. The previous five-year schemes expired at...

05 May 2022

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Massive 29,000-property licensing scheme launches

A new and huge landlord licensing scheme has launched in County Durham. A total of at least 29,000 properties, or 42 per...

22 April 2022

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Controversial Labour council extends landlord licensing regime

A Labour city council that has already called for powers to impose rent controls has now extended its existing landlord licensing...

11 April 2022

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Massive licensing scheme offers discount for good EPC rating

Applications open later this week for one of the country’s largest and most controversial landlord licensing schemes - in Liverpool. The new...

16 March 2022

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Private rental quality more vital in cities than towns - councillor

A local politician says the quality of the private rental sector appears to be more important in cities than in towns. Ian...

15 March 2022

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Auditors may probe council’s selective licensing scheme - report

It’s been reported by local media that a controversial landlord licensing scheme introduced by a council may now be investigated by...

28 February 2022

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Council boasts of licence success - and announces new clampdown

New selective licensing schemes are now live in areas of north and east Manchester covering more than 1,400 properties.  This means compulsory...

03 February 2022

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Controversial council’s chief slams “dangerously unregulated” rental sector

A housing chief in a controversial council has tweeted that “Private landlords must be held accountable!”. She also claims on social media...

07 December 2021

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Government backs controversial licensing scheme after two years

The government has approved a vast landlord licensing scheme in Liverpool - but even including 45,000 homes it is still much...

06 December 2021

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Last-minute U-turn on licensing forced on council

Conservative opposition councillors have derailed a local authority’s plan to introduce a landlord licensing scheme this week. Southend council is run by...

30 November 2021

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It’s War! Activists and Green Party at loggerheads over landlords

Activists in the Acorn pro-tenant movement have sharply criticised the Green Party which runs Brighton council for allegedly failing to prosecute...

19 November 2021

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Council urging private landlords to offer longest-possible tenancies

Private landlords, tenants and letting agents are being asked to give their views on a Labour council’s tenancy strategy in London.  The...

04 November 2021

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Think-tank backs Generation Rent call for greater controls on landlords

An independent think-tank is the latest organisation wanting landlord licensing schemes across England plus a nationa landlord register, emulating similar schemes...

27 October 2021

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National Landlord Register could lead to tax clampdown, say activists

The Generation Rent activist group has repeated its call for a landlord register in England, saying it could mean more tax...

26 October 2021

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Well over £700 fee for UK’s largest-ever HMO licensing scheme

Landlords must pay well over £700 for entry into what is now the UK’s largest ever HMO licensing scheme, at Westminster...

02 September 2021

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Labour council criticised by government sets licensing deadline

A Labour council that lost government support for its landlord licensing regime says it’s reviewing its options and will produce new...

27 August 2021

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Huge fine for landlord with unlicensed and overcrowded property

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in London has been hit with a fine of more than £21,000. Brent...

12 August 2021

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Government rejects local licensing - Council pondering next steps

A council in the unusual position of having its landlord licensing proposals rejected by the government says it’s pondering its next...

11 August 2021

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Council cracks down on 171 buy to lets in just one week

Redbridge council in east London has undertaken its toughest ever clampdown on buy to let, visiting 171 properties in a week. The...

04 August 2021

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Another council poised to introduce new licensing regime

A council in Leicestershire is poised to introduce two new licensing schemes for private landlords. Charnwood council has now approved the conditions...

23 July 2021

From: Breaking News

Named and shamed - landlord guilty of “atrocious case of mistreatment”

A rogue landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at...

20 July 2021

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Landlords kick back against government licensing plan

A licensing scheme proposed for one part of the UK has been branded as “intrusive” for tenants and expensive for the...

20 July 2021

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Council claims landlord licensing helps stop falling house prices

Residents and landlords are to be consulted by yet another council wanting to renew its selective licensing regime - saying it...

14 July 2021

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Government rejects licensing scheme plea by local council

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has said No to a plea by a south east council to renew...

12 July 2021

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Shock as government rejects council’s landlord licensing bid

The government has taken the unusual step of denying a local council its request for an extended term for a landlord...

14 June 2021

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Remarkable - New licensing scheme will be FREE for landlords

It’s already a very un-typical part of the United Kingdom but now Jersey has set itself apart in a different way...

10 June 2021

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Council says: “We’re very clear - we’re on the side of tenants”

A council says it’s “on the side of tenants” against landlords. The London borough of Tower Hamlets has renewed its Selective Licensing...

04 June 2021

From: Breaking News

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