The Tory Housing Minister has sabotaged Croydon Council’s plan to introduce a Borough wide landlord licensing scheme. From 1 April new rules will ban such schemes. Despite this the Cabinet approved the scheme on Monday 16 March with the intention to introduce it on 1 October. Meanwhile Labour members called it in be looked at by the Scrutiny Committee at an extra meeting on Thursday 26 March. There was a lengthy debate at Cabinet which can be heard on the webcast at http://www.croydon.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/169798. The future of the proposed scheme will depend on the outcome of the General Election.
Commenting on the Government intention to prevent Borough wide landlord licensing from 1 April Labour Council Leader Tony Newman told the Cabinet meeting “We won’t be intimidated by a Conservative minister in the last weeks before they leave office. We will implement this scheme.”
Later he said: “We were elected with a clear mandate to do this and we have had many months of consultation.” He questioned the timing of Mr Lewis’ intervention and said: “I don’t know if the letter is aimed particularly at us but we are the only local authority putting forward a scheme at this time.”
Details of the Government’s plan can be read via http://insidecroydon.com/2015/03/14/labours-licensing-scheme-in-doubt-as-tories-back-landlords