William Eichler 20 June 2018

Whitehall launches selective licensing review

Whitehall launches selective licensing review  image

The Government has announced it is launching a review into selective licensing to find out how well it is working.

Selective licensing gives local housing authorities the power to make it compulsory for landlords renting out private accommodation in a specified area to have a licence.

The intention behind the scheme is to deliver improved standards and safety in the private rented sector by enabling councils to assess whether they consider a potential landlord to be ‘fit or proper’.

The local authority is also able to make other stipulations concerning management of the property and appropriate safety measures.

The review, the findings of which will be published next spring, has been launched alongside the publication of new guidance for landlords.

Last month it was announced that from 1 October 2018 any landlord who lets a property to five or more people – from two or more separate households – must be licensed by their local housing authority.

The move, which is likely to affect 160,000 houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), will mean councils can take further action to crack down on ‘rogue’ landlords.

The new guidance includes details on extending mandatory licensing to smaller HMOs and introducing minimum bedroom sizes.

‘Everyone deserves a decent and safe place to live,’ said housing minister Heather Wheeler MP.

‘Today’s new guidance for landlords will further protect private renters against bad and overcrowded conditions and poor management practice.’

Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness image

Collaboration is the key to tackling homelessness

With the support of stakeholders, including forward-thinking local authorities, Beam’s innovative support model ‘swiftly removes every barrier faced by homeless people from entering the workforce’, says Seb Barker.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Head of HR/OD

Babergh & Mid Suffolk
£60,000 circa
The role will involve working closely with the Senior Leadership Team and Chief Executive to lead our People Strategy and... Ipswich, Suffolk
Recuriter: Babergh & Mid Suffolk

Senior Systems Officer Case Management - Northallerton

North Yorkshire County Council
£32,029 - £34,788 per annum
Do you put quality of service and customer care at the heart of what your team delivers? Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Residential Assistant - Magdalen Close

Essex County Council
£17675 - £20200 per annum
This is a part time role for 30 hours a week and these hours can be worked across day or night shifts for which the appropriate FRA will be applied. E England, Essex, Clacton-On-Sea
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Commissioning Officer - Commissioning Delivery Team

Essex County Council
£30300 - £34340 per annum
Essex County Council (ECC) is one of the largest and most dynamic local authorities in the UK, serving a population of 2 million residents, and has a England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Registration Officer

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth
£25,327 - £36,036 depending on skills
Are you seeking working arrangements that enhance your work-life balance? London (Greater)
Recuriter: London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and London Borough of Wandsworth

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine