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KEYWORD "Selective Licensing" - 100 RESULTS
Yet More Licensing: another council consults on two schemes

A consultation on a new licensing scheme has been launched by Reading council. The consultation will look at extending the current HMO...

14 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlords take legal action against Labour council over licensing

Legal action has been launched against Middlesbrough’s Labour council amid claims a licensing scheme which charges landlords almost £1,000 for each...

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Another Labour council launching huge expansion of licensing scheme

From July 1 most privately rented properties in Lewisham, south London, will need a property licence.  With one in four households in...

06 June 2024

From: Breaking News

Council kicks out private tenants while charging landlords £1,000

A council which this week announced that it would charge landlords almost £1,000 for a licence, is now being accused of kicking...

28 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Labour council charging almost £1,000 per property for a license

Labour-controlled Lambeth council in south London is introducing a Selective Licensing Scheme at almost £1,000 per property. A statement from the council...

20 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Council wants £724 from every private landlord in designated area

Blackburn with Darwen council in Lancashire is consulting on a new selective licensing regime covering 1,266 properties on 42 streets.  Running to...

10 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Landlord “accepts council penalty but only if not named”

A council has fined a landlord £17,500 for failing to license two of his properties in the area. However, the identify of...

09 May 2024

From: Breaking News

Licensing fees could be cut if government review recommends

It is possible that licensing regimes operated by local councils could cut the fees they impose on landlords. The House of Commons...

29 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill U-turn by tenant activists

The coalition of 20-plus groups which have previously spoken enthusiastically about the Renters Reform Bill has now changed its mind. On April...

25 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Last ditch bid by officers to save council landlord licensing

Environmental health officers are making a last ditch bid to save local council licensing. The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health reckons that...

24 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Council offering landlords “training to help them improve”

Landlords have only until Friday to give their views on a controversial licensing consultation from a council known for its aggressive...

23 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Council says it “didn’t want to go down licensing route” - but it has…

Consultation time is short for landlords wanting to comment on a new licensing scheme proposed for Scunthorpe. The public consultation closes at...

19 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Renters Reform Bill changes not as key as opponents claim - expert comment

Amendments to be made to the Renters Reform Bill when it returns to the Hoise of Commons next week won’t significantly...

11 April 2024

From: Breaking News

Spotlight on council licensing schemes in new report

An industry supplier is analysing licensing schemes and whether they achieve anything to improve rental housing standards. Yuno says questions need to be...

03 April 2024

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Controversial council wants every single private rental home licensed

Private landlords applied for licences covering more than 12,000 homes during the first year of a controversial council’s selective licensing scheme. The...

20 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

I Quit!  Landlord sells up because of “unfair” licensing regime

A landlord has quit the private rental sector after a battle with his council over why his properties were put into...

05 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Another council jumps on the selective licensing bandwagon

Yet another council is consulting on whether to continue a selective licensing scheme. The scheme applies to several areas of Burnley and...

04 March 2024

From: Breaking News

Supporters of council selective licensing start rearguard action

Supporters of council selective licensing start rearguard action  Some of those involved in local councils have started a campaign to save selective...

01 March 2024

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

“My tenants will have to pay for licensing” warns landlord

A landlord has warned her local authority that high charges for licensing are unaffordable without the fee being passed on to...

20 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Council boss claims landlords and tenants “do not care” and must be licensed

A Selective Licensing scheme proposal is out for consultation in the Scunthorpe area -  with a harsh message from a council...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Financial Penalty Notice slapped on landlord after appeal case

A council has won an appeal to enforce a Financial Penalty Notice that was served on a landlord who let out...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Record number of new rental licensing schemes set for 2024

A survey of local council private rental licensing schemes says 19 selective and additional licensing schemes and consultations will be taking...

13 February 2024

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Controversial council threatens series of new licensing regimes

New additional and selective licensing schemes are to be considered by the controversial Bristol city council. The council’s Labour Mayor - Marvin...

01 February 2024

From: Breaking News

Council boasts of financial penalties imposed on landlords by licensing 

A council claims “hundreds of residents have been made safer in their homes” thanks to a licencing regime. Sheffield council insists the...

31 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Amendments to Renters Reform Bill backed by senior industry figure

Amendments to the Renters Reform Bill, designed to give landlords more protection, have won the backing of a prominent industry figure. Neil Cobbold,...

23 January 2024

From: Breaking News

NRLA accepts S21 abolition but wants “pragmatic” amendments to Bill

The National Residential Landlords Association is urging MPs to back what it describes as “pragmatic” changes to the Renters Reform Bill...

19 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Council wants private landlords as part of “real decisive action”

A Labour-controlled council is inviting private rental sector representatives to a round-table event which it pledges will not be a talking...

10 January 2024

From: Breaking News

HMO licensing scheme is “a step forward” claims council

An additional licensing scheme for HMOs has come into effect in a London borough.  The new scheme will cover properties in Greenwich which...

03 January 2024

From: Breaking News

Latest council licensing scheme takes over £900 from each landlord

A new council licensing scheme has been given the go ahead by the government. Peterborough council’s selective licensing scheme will be run...

29 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Consultation starts on renewing and extending selective licensing regime

Landlords providing much-needed private rented accommodation in part of Merseyside are to fall under an expanded  licensing regime.  Wirral councillors have voted...

18 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Shadow Chancellor Reeves campaigns for selective licensing regime

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves has campaigned for a selective licensing regime in her Leeds constituency. She joined the city council leader...

14 December 2023

From: Breaking News

We want more selective licensing insists environmental health chiefs

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has given a warm welcome to many of the provision in the Renters Reform Bill...

13 December 2023

From: Breaking News

Councils charge landlords thousands of pounds for “officer time”

Councils in Greater Manchester admit to charging landlords over £14,000 for “officer time” involved in licensing schemes. There are currently eight selective...

11 December 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Licensing Latest - another council goes out to consultation

Stockton-on-Tees is the latest council seeking people's views on the introduction of Selective Licensing for private rented housing. It launched a consultation...

09 November 2023

From: Breaking News

New landlords charged full five-year licence fee on scheme ending soon

A north of England council says it’s reviewing the fees for its selective licensing scheme “in terms of potential impact on...

31 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Massive £50,000 fine for landlord ignoring licensing warnings

A landlord has been ordered to pay almost £50,000 for failing to adhere to licensing legal requirements on several rental properties,...

30 October 2023

From: Breaking News

New Selective Licensing regime goes out for consultation

Plans to introduce Selective Licensing of privately rented properties have been agreed by leading Stockton-on-Tees councillors and now go for consultation. Under...

20 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Council claims anti-social behaviour linked to some rental housing

Blackpool council will next week consider a new selective licensing scheme for some of the town’s privately rented properties. The scheme will...

13 October 2023

From: Breaking News

Taxpayers Not Tenants should foot license cost, Labour council says

A council is telling landlords that its new selective licensing fee is so low it should be entirely tax deductible and...

25 September 2023

From: Breaking News

London council launches selective licensing regime

Brent council in North London has launched a new selective licensing regime across part of the borough. Landlords who let properties in the...

19 September 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Council to spend £17m of public funds on two licensing schemes

Bristol’s Labour-controlled council says it wants to spend some £17m of local council tax payers’ money on two new licensing schemes...

31 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Labour council warns landlords about high cost licensing deadline

A Labour council says local landlords have only a week to apply for a licence before a big rise in the...

23 August 2023

From: Breaking News

Council threatens landlords with losing control of their properties

A London council is telling landlords that if they don’t apply for a licence in the next nine days they face...

21 August 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Council threat to raise landlord licence fee by well over 100%

A statement from Oxford’s Labour controlled council says private landlords in the city have under a month to apply for a...

03 August 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Council claims “thousands of complaints” about landlords and homes

Landlords of more than 5,000 homes must register for a license and ensure their tenants have good quality housing or face...

28 July 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Council pockets £640 per landlord licence from next month

A new law requiring landlords in three wards of the London borough of Brent to pay for a selective licence will...

14 July 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with record licensing fines says PropTech firm

London landlords and letting agents have so far been hit with more than £900,000 in fines in the first half of...

10 July 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Landlords guide to making the right decisions in 2023

This year is set to bring sweeping rental reforms that will change the face of lettings forever. Landlords should be following...

02 June 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Stamp Duty Surcharge: Labour considers raising it even higher

Labour is considering raising the buy to let and holiday home stamp duty surcharge above the current three per cent if...

15 May 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Local Elections: a chance to influence the future of the private rented sector

Next Thursday voters up and down the country will be casting their votes in a series of local elections which are...

29 April 2023

From: The Big Issues

The laborious legislation that continues to threaten the PRS

Landlords are exiting the market in droves. According to an accountancy firm who analysed HMRC data, 70,000 buy-to-let landlords left the sector...

06 April 2023

From: Sponsored Content

Government backs selective licensing after TEN different probes

There have been no fewer than 10 different enquiries into selective licensing of landlords or rental properties by local councils -...

27 March 2023

From: Breaking News

Most £1,000 licence applications “omit vital information”

A council launching a new selective licensing regime admits that three quarters of the applicants so far have omitted to provide...

07 March 2023

From: Breaking News

New licensing scheme has online teach-in session tomorrow

Charnwood council in the East Midlands is now accepting applications from landlords of private rented properties that are covered by two...

06 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlord ignored council and didn’t get a licence - so he’s fined

A private landlord has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 by magistrates for failing to properly licence a rented property. The...

03 February 2023

From: Breaking News

Landlords invited to virtual forum about new licensing regime

Landlords and letting agents are invited to join a virtual forum for details of a new licensing requirements and to find...

27 January 2023

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Energy efficiency will be focus of new licensing regime

A new property licensing scheme that claims to provide “safer, well managed housing for renters” has now come into force in...

21 November 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Yet another selective licensing scheme set for expansion

A Selective Licensing scheme introduced by a council back in 2016 is set for expansion.  Middlesbrough council claims that its scheme has...

25 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Tuesday is last day for landlords to apply for selective licence

Landlords in one part of the country are being told they must apply for their selective license in just the next six...

20 October 2022

From: Breaking News

Over £1,000 for new licence as city aims at landlords

A new selective licensing scheme has been launched this week in Leicester.  The scheme will be in operation in three main cluster...

11 October 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Another London council imposes selective licensing regime

Greenwich council in south London has launched a new selective licensing scheme: all private-rented single-household properties in five wards of the...

04 October 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

UK’s biggest-ever Selective Licensing scheme needs 130 people to run it

Birmingham council has been granted permission by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities to introduce a massive Selective Licensing...

21 September 2022

From: Breaking News

Labour council claims selective licensing ‘makes rental homes decent’

Oxford’s private rented sector faces its biggest shake up in over a decade with the start of a new licensing scheme...

05 September 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

Controversial city-wide licensing - landlords told to sign up now

With a month to go until a new licensing scheme for private rented homes starts, Oxford council is urging landlords to...

03 August 2022

From: Breaking News

City licensing scheme to cost landlords over £1,000 per property

New selective licensing measures are to be introduced across three parts of Leicester in a new clampdown on landlords. The combined areas...

13 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Council claims it will inspect 29,000 rental homes

A council says it’s launching a rolling programme of inspections of all 29,000 rental properties in its selective licensing scheme. The scheme...

12 July 2022

From: Breaking News

Agent Advice To Landlords - how to optimise your investment

London-focussed lettings agency Douglas & Gordon gives its rundown on what new landlords should know to get the most out of...

02 July 2022

From: Agent Advice

New licensing scheme spurred by expanded rental sector

A new Selective Licensing scheme for private landlords in Nottingham has been approved by the city council and now goes for...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Landlords hit with fines for failing to produce paperwork

A council has imposed fines on five landlords for licensing breaches. Doncaster’s Selective Licensing scheme was introduced - so the council claims...

31 May 2022

From: Breaking News

Row intensifies over council’s massive new licensing scheme

It’s now daggers-drawn between the National Residential Landlords Association and Oxford’s Labour-run council over a huge new licensing scheme. Government approval of...

26 May 2022

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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

From: Breaking News

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