Licensing

Large fine for failing to licence a property

A couple who are portfolio landlords in the London borough of Haringey have been ordered to pay £10,000 after failing to license their property. An inspection found that the property, originally a family home, was occupied by seven different households, accommodating...

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Another London Borough brings in licensing

Starting in September, landlords in certain areas of Lambeth will be required to purchase a £923 license to rent out properties as part of a new council plan aimed at improving housing quality and reducing antisocial behavior. This scheme applies to those letting...

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Large fine for no HMO licence

Haringey Council in London has successfully prosecuted a couple for failing to license a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) property, resulting in a £10,000 fine. This penalty, while substantial, is significantly less than the maximum £30,000 fine that councils can...

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Licensing fees could be cut

The ongoing debate surrounding licensing regimes operated by local councils highlights the complexity of regulatory frameworks within the rental housing sector. The Renters Reform Bill, currently under discussion in the House of Commons, includes provisions for a...

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Borough-wide licensing now law in Brent

Since 1 April 2024, every private landlord renting out property in Brent is legally required to apply for a licence, and they have issued the following: The scheme will drive up living standards for renters and build on Brent’s positive relationships with private...

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CIEH worried about losing Selective Licensing

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is raising concerns about the potential impact of the Renters Reform Bill on local council licensing regimes. They argue that an amended version of the bill could threaten the existence of these licensing schemes,...

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Brighton consulting on housing strategy

Brighton & Hove City Council is consulting on a draft housing strategy which outlines their proposed housing priorities for the next 5 years. These are to: improve housing quality, safety and sustainability deliver the homes our city needs prevent homelessness and...

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Update on Oxford licensing

The Oxford city-wide selective licensing scheme, implemented in September 2022, requires all private rented homes in Oxford to have a licence. Here are the key points from the first year of the scheme: High Number of Applications: Private landlords and agents...

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Large fine for no HMO licence

Haringey Council in London has successfully prosecuted a couple for failing to license a House in Multiple Occupation...

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