If you have been confused about registering for Croydon Council’s selective landlord licensing consultation meeting on Thursday 27 November (from 6pm) you can phone in to request to be added to the list of attendees.
The Council’s website page states ‘Register for the forum to be held at the Conference Centre in Surrey Street on Thursday 27 November at www.m-e-l.co.uk/croydon.aspx or by calling MEL research on 0121 604 4664.’ There is no on-line mechanism to register, so you have to phone as those attending are invitees who have expressed an interest.
You can still be added to the list of invitees by ringing MEL;
as at 2.15pm today there were still places available.
The Council’s Proposal
The Council proposes to introduce a selective licensing scheme for all private rented properties let to single families in the borough, based a set of general conditions provided by the Housing 2004 Act upon which the Council may designate the borough as a selective licensing area. These general conditions are:
- that the area is experiencing a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour;
- that some or all of the private sector landlords who have let premises in the area (whether under leases or licences) are failing to take action to combat the problem that it would be appropriate for them to take; and
- that making a designation will, when combined with other measures taken in the area by the local housing authority, or by other persons together with the local housing authority, lead to a reduction in, or the elimination of, the problem.
The Council ‘considers that these conditions are satisfied and that there is evidence in the borough of a lack of management of the private rented sector properties.’
Its Option 1 is preferred to three other optins.
‘• Option 2 – Implement a partial scheme
This option would involve introducing a scheme to certain wards chosen based on evidence and consultation responses. This is not the preferred option as there is concern this approach may cause displacement of problems. This concern is based on evidence from the introduction of HMO licensing which found that some poor landlords started to rent properties in wards not covered by a licensing scheme.
- Option 3 – Implement the London Rental Standard
This option would encourage landlords to sign up to the Mayor of London’s Rental Standard. Costs to landlords would be £125 to complete the necessary course, which would have to be repeated every five years. However it is felt that the measurable benefits for Croydon would be difficult to determine and as the standard is a Pan London initiative, it is unlikely to address the specific issues of the borough. There are no specific enforcement powers relating to landlords who fail to comply, as this is a voluntary scheme, and therefore this is not our preferred option.
- Option 4 – Do nothing
This means we would not implement any form of the scheme and the existing structures in place would remain. For the reasons given in the consultation document (available to download below) regarding poor standards of accommodation for tenants, or where tenants cause persistent levels of antisocial behaviour (ASB). This is not the preferred option.’
The consultation closes on 12 December
Full documentation can be accessed at http://www.croydon.gov.uk/housing/privatehousing/selective-licensing