Licensing

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Be warned – tenants encouraged to claim rent back

The Mirror has run an article on how some tenants might be owed ‘thousands’, and advises them on how to do it. The article can be seen here. Renters could be due a refund of 12 months’ rent if their landlord has not properly licenced the property they are living in.

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Newham’s Landlord Licensing Scheme approved for an unprecedented third 5-year term

Newham’s Selective Licensing scheme has been approved by the Secretary of State for Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities for an unprecedented third 5-year term, making Newham Council at the forefront of championing renters rights. Coming into force from the 1st June 2023, once the existing scheme ends, the Council’s selective licensing scheme safeguards […]

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Labour licensing scheme will take 150 years to process!

It’s claimed that Liverpool’s Labour council would take almost 150 years to process applications for its landlord licensing scheme.The council has hailed the importance of the scheme in addressing sub-standard housing across the city. But presenting figures to the Liverpool Landlord Forum, council representatives have said that since the Selective Licensing Scheme went live in […]

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Landlord fined £7.5K after illegal HMO scam

A landlord has been fined more than £7,500 after running an illegal bedsit. Frank Otuo, 51, raked in £4,240 per month in rent from more than five tenants in the property in Leigham Court Road, Streatham. But Otuo didn’t have a licence to let out the property to so many people. A Lambeth council investigation […]

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Government announces £20m funding to fight back against ‘rogue’ landlords in England

Landlords who exploit the supported housing system at the expense of vulnerable residents could be banned from operating or fined up to £30,000 as enforcement is stepped up across the country. A £20 million UK Government fund will support councils to crack down on landlords who profit through benefit claims but fail to support their […]

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Crminal landlord fined

A criminal landlord has been fined £2,814 for failing to license an HMO in Wolverhampton.Dudley Magistrates Court found Maciej Piotr Zaremba guilty of operating a property without a licence and for failing to respond to requisitions. Zaremba had previously been prosecuted by Wolverhampton council and fined £4,808 for breaching fire safety requirements under HMO management […]

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Landlord says he has to hike tenants’ rent or sell his property under new council rules

The anonymous dad-of-four, who needs to pay £1,090 to register his home in Leicester with a new council scheme, said he is already subsidising for rocketing energy prices A landlord says he will have to either hike his tenants’ rent or sell his property because he cannot afford the cost of a new council scheme. […]

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Coventry landlord fined £60,000 for illegally letting property with ‘no gas or electricity’

A Coventry landlord was fined £60,000 by the council for letting an unlicensed home. The council paid a visit to the property in Monks Road, Stoke, after receiving several complaints from its residents who said they were left with ‘no gas or electricity’. Environmental Health Officers from Coventry City Council inspected the House in Multiple […]

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Doubts raised over whether Nottingham Licensing scheme is ‘good value for money’

Nottingham councillors have questioned whether the creation of a new licensing scheme to stamp out rogue landlords is good value for money. Labour-run Nottingham City Council set up the Selective Licensing scheme in August 2018 to make rented properties safer for tenants. It gave the authority the power to make sure rented homes met certain conditions […]

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