Propertymark has responded to a number of licensing scheme proposals from local authorities across England in recent months arguing that Councils who are pursuing the implementation of licensing schemes are being socially irresponsible. This is because in these unprecedented times landlords and agents are not able to comply with the requirements and Council resources are unlikely to be able to effectively enforce them.
Is a discretionary licensing scheme being consulted on in your area? We have created a Word template for you to submit to your local authority. The letter explains why discretionary licensing schemes are not an effective way of promoting higher quality accommodation.
Edinburgh Council has approved the Scottish Government’s draft licensing proposals, with regulations to be laid in the Scottish Parliament in December 2020. ARLA Propertymark has been campaigning for greater regulation of short-term lets, monitoring the situation and expect the new rules to come in by April 2021.
Yesterday 18 November, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched a licence checker online tool which aims to protect the ‘wellbeing of London’s private renters’ to help them discover if their landlord has properly licensed their home.
The importance of compliance as a landlord with a house in multiple occupation (HMO) property has been brought to light in a recent case. A second man in the UK has been banned from being a landlord in the private rented sector (PRS) after breaching multiple safety regulations in his licensed HMO property.
Letting agents in Newcastle, supported by ARLA Propertymark, have successfully lobbied Newcastle City Council to postpone the introduction of new selective and additional licensing schemes due to have come into force on 6 April.
A buy-to-let landlord with properties across North London has been handed a fine for continuously ignoring selective licensing laws.
Manchester City Council consulted with agents, landlords and tenants to inform an updated private rented sector strategy for the city. The consultation ran throughout November 2019 seeking to engage stakeholders through an online survey and local drop-in sessions across Manchester.
Government has confirmed that a detailed assessment of the ‘A licence to rent’ report has not been undertaken and there are no plans in place to introduce a national landlord register.
A buy-to-let landlord in Nottingham was convicted of nine offences of failing to license properties under the Selective Licensing scheme at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court.
From 16 September 2019, the information that landlords are required to provide to register or renew their application on the National Landlord Register has changed.
Countrywide, trading as Beresford Adams, has been fined over £22,000 for health and safety breaches at a property in Wrexham along with a £5,000 fine to the landlord of the same property for operating without an HMO license.
A Telford man who has been deemed as not being a fit and proper person to hold a licence for a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) has become the first in England to be banned from being a landlord.
An Evesham landlord has been ordered to pay £14,500 after he was found to be illegally renting his property out to 11 EU migrant workers.
Birmingham City Council has taken action against a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) landlord in the Small Heath area in its first civil penalty case.
Mandatory registration for private landlords in Scotland was introduced in 2004. Local authorities are responsible for maintaining information on landlords in their area.