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London council wants agents to have a say in licensing review

A London local authority which is part way through its five year additional HMO licensing scheme wants lettings agents to give their view on its operation.

Labour-controlled Camden says its scheme has the aim of reducing anti-social behaviour problems which may be associated with private renting, tackling poor management and overcrowding.

However, under s60(3) of the Housing Act 2004, councils are obliged to conduct a review of the operation of the scheme to evaluate its effectiveness and identify possible improvements. 

The results of the review will be used to help the council decide whether to extend the scheme for another five years, subject to a formal consultation process.

Agents wanting to have their say should use this link here.

Meanwhile the government has itself announced, some weeks ago, a review process into the selective licensing process; an interim report is expected some time this autumn with the full report scheduled to be delivered in spring 2019.


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