Landlord’s bid to halt new licensing scheme suffers court setback

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Hi Guys, check this out, they might be a chance for Enfield Landlords, if we win. Mr Regas will proceed he has got enough money, from all the help from Landlords and Estate Agent.

COUNCIL chiefs declared a partial victory last week after a High Court judge threw out half of the legal challenge against the proposed licensing scheme for private landlords.

Constantinos Regas, a landlord who heads up the Campaign Against Landlord Licensing Enfield, was successful in his application for judicial review of only part of the scheme known as selective and additional licensing, under which private landlords will have to obtain a £500 five-year licence from Enfield Council to cover every property they own.

At the Royal Courts of Justice on Friday, Mr Justice Ouseley gave permission for Mr Regas to challenge the additional licensing of homes in multiple occupation, but threw out the challenge to the council’s selective licensing scheme, which covers single private households, meaning this can now be implemented.

Ahmet Oykener, cabinet member for housing and estate regeneration, said the decision represented an “important victory” for the council and private tenants across the borough.

“This scheme will help improve standards in private sector rented accommodation, drive down antisocial behaviour and enable the council to take action against landlords who do not meet the required standards,” said My Oykener.

But Mr Regas questioned the future viability of the scheme as the council estimates that 40 per cent of private homes in the borough are considered houses in multiple occupation.

“There is no clear winner,” he said. “It would be wise for the council to consider this judgment carefully. It estimates that 40 per cent of private rented properties in the borough are small HMO houseshares. It is unclear how much council subsidy would be needed to make it work and I call on the council to scrap the entire licensing scheme.”

In order to secure a licence, landlords have to provide references from tenants and ensure sufficient health and safety measures are in place, as well as procedures to deal with antisocial behaviour and environmental crime.

The council, which denies the viability of the scheme is threatened as a result of the judgment, plans to offer an early bird discounted fee of £250 for landlords who sign up before April 2015, reducing the cost to 96p a week per property over five years.

If Mr Regas decides to proceed with challenging additional licensing, a full judicial review hearing will be scheduled in November.

10/10/2014 15:33

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