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Harry Ulaeto

Will Selective Licensing Schemes Survive the Renters (Reform) Bill?

The Renters (Reform) Bill completed its most recent legislative stage in the House of Commons last Wednesday (24th April) with around 200 amendments and is now set to progress to the House of Lords.

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Harry Ulaeto

Renters’ Reform to be in King’s Speech but is it property inspections that will be the proof of the pudding?

With the Renters’ Reform legislation having been alleged, by some, to be missing in action - despite just having gone through its second reading in the House of Commons - the Government has suggested that it will, actually, be in tomorrow’s King’s Speech.

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Harry Ulaeto

Policing Illegal Eviction - an old problem gets a new(ish) solution?

Illegal eviction was in both the national and the property press recently, following the news that the Metropolitan Police was to instruct its officers to “start arresting landlords who illegally and sometimes violently evict tenants.”

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Harry Ulaeto

Two recent housing enforcement cases highlight the importance of property licensing having a place in the Local Authority toolkit

A "Serial slum landlord" has received Brent Council's first banning order whilst a "Dodgy landlord" and his agent in Dagenham are made to pay £22,000 with the landlord also ordered to pay a £15,000 rent repayment order.

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Harry Ulaeto

EPC upgrades: Can the private rented sector energy efficiency circle still be squared and if so, could selective licensing schemes point the way?

Local authority selective licensing schemes, now increasingly being used by councils seeking to improve living conditions in their local private rented sector, can be a way of moving beyond the debate surrounding a recent byelection result (extensively covered elsewhere)

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Harry Ulaeto

The Importance of Effective Delivery in Selective Licensing Schemes: Engaging a Delivery Partner for Efficiency

Selective licensing schemes have, in recent years, gained traction as a means to drive positive change in the private rented sector (PRS). However, the success of such schemes relies heavily on the effectiveness of their delivery.

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Harry Ulaeto

Why introducing IT for property licensing applications is a game changer and - unavoidable

The designation of new private rented sector selective licensing schemes by local authorities continued apace through 2022. Some schemes involved the licensing of tens of thousands of urban PRS properties.

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Harry Ulaeto

Whether a rogue landlord database or a national landlord register isn’t the point.

The point is that all councils, one way or another, must be able to evidence their private rented sector (PRS) housing enforcement activity. This is even more so the case now, following the recent letter sent by Michael Gove MP to all council leaders and chief executives in England demanding details of their housing enforcement activity relating to damp and mould issues in both the social and private rented sector.

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Harry Ulaeto

Top housing enforcement cases of 2022 - the level of some fines imposed recently in the private rented sector tells a story and begs a question

Housing standards, and the capacity of local authorities to enforce them, are rightly, but for all the wrong reasons, in the headlines at the moment. With this in mind, it’s instructive to look at what local authorities can achieve, in the private rented sector, via prosecutions and their attendant penalties. So, here are the top 5 housing enforcement cases of 2022.

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Harry Ulaeto

Why do private rented sector landlords go to tradespeople for advice and information on landlord obligations before local authorities?

Two just published documents could, perhaps, point to a way that local authorities could better persuade private rented sector (PRS) landlords that there are benefits to selective licensing schemes.

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