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New Licensing Scheme starts in Walsall

Landlords who rent out HMOs in parts of the Midlands are urged to act now so they don’t get hit with legal action or hefty fines by the council. This follows the newly introduced Additional HMO licensing scheme in four areas of Walsall. This scheme was approved in October 2021 and came into force on […]

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Coventry looks to introduce Article 4 Direction

Consultation has begun over plans to force landlords to seek full planning permission for turning homes into Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). Coventry City Council said the proposal would place restrictions on residential property conversions in 11 out of 18 wards, which “already have the highest concentration of HMOs“. It could help those looking to […]

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Oxford unlicensed landlord made to repay students £84,000

A student accommodation management company has been ordered to refund more than £84,000 in rent after failing to licence it with the city council. SC Osney Lane Management Ltd runs the purpose-built Student Castle in Osney Lane, Oxford, which opened in 2020. But it failed to apply for a house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence […]

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Changes to private property licensing in Ealing

Ealing have made the following announcement: Notice of Designation of areas for Selective Licensing under Section 80, Housing Act 2004 On 7 September 2022, the government approved Ealing Council’s proposals for a second larger selective licensing scheme (Selective Licensing Designation 2).  Due to the number of properties covered by the scheme, it needed approval by […]

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Oxford launches landlords licence scheme

A compulsory licensing scheme for landlords who rent out private homes in a city has started. – Oxford City Council said it is being rolled out to protect tenants, improve standards and “crack down on rogue landlords”. A five-year licence will cost £480 – or £400 if bought over the next three months – with […]

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Large fine for HMO landlord

A landlord has been hit with a £23,000 fine for failing to properly maintain two HMOs.Landlord Lystra Dorval from Ilford was issued with not fewer than 10 penalty notices in relation to poor management of the HMOs in Essex. Officers at Tendring District Council say they attempted to work with the landlord as far back […]

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Are you an Oxford landlord: have you registered?

Oxford ouncil are urging landlords to register their interest in applying for a licence. A citywide ‘selective licensing’ scheme comes into force on 1 September which means that all private rented homes in Oxford will need a licence. More details can be seen here.

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Fine and potential Rent Repayment Order for unlicensed landlord

A London landlord has been fined £1,000 for letting an unlicensed HMO in Tottenham. Having ignored numerous requests and failing to renew the licence, the landlord was issued with a penalty fee of £1,000 by Haringey council.The council has also said it will support any tenant who wishes to refer themselves to a tenancy advocacy […]

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Large fine for unlicensed Rother landlord

Another landlord has been hit with a substantial fine for failing to licence an HMO.Ryan Antony Otto, a director of Otto Investments Ltd based in London, was fined by Hastings magistrates for failing to licence a house in multiple occupation and failing to comply with two Improvement Notices issued by Rother district council. Otto converted […]

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