Welcome to the Local Authority Network
Landlords, councils and landlord associations must work closer together if standards in the private rented sector are to be improved and landlords' interests protected. With increasing demand for housing and severe restrictions on public finance, the private rented sector can provide the principal resource offering availability, adaptability and capability. Our priority is to help landlords to provide safe and healthy accommodation and to run successful commercial operations. In our experience, this can only be achieved by working positively and pro-actively with local councils and other authorities related to the private rented sector. Alan Ward - Chairman
To this end the RLA are offering local authorities free membership and have designed the Local Authority Network to help local authorities build better relationships with landlords in the private sector. The facility has been created to enable Local Authority Network members to promote events and facilitate access to relevant information (including licensing) and advice, so their landlords can find vital information all in one place. In addition, the webpage's will also provide information and advice on national issues of interest to the Private Rented Sector (PRS).
It is anticipated that the facility will become a vital source of reference for landlords in the PRS and enable you to promote the facilities and benefits of a closer working relationship with your local authorities. You can visit the relevant local authority page to find the vital contact information, from general numbers and emails, to specialised teams in housing, licensing, and the PRS. You will find local news, local events by the local authority, specialised training courses run by the RLA that are taking place in your local areas, any 'must-know' information for any landlord operating in that area, including, current licensing, licensing consultations alongside outlines of the processes that it takes to become licenced or 'How Tos' on replying to a consultation period.
As previously stated we believe the PRS will need to play a vital role in meeting the future needs of sustainable housing and that a good working relationship between the local authority and landlords is essential for this to become a reality.
The LA Network provides an effective method for achieving this and an adaptable resource which is both relevant and useful. We believe that this resource will further enhance the facilities that local authorities offer to landlords in the private sector and help them reach out to landlords that they might not otherwise be able to access.
We look forward to working with you in the future in our mutual efforts to improve the quality and standards within Private Rented Sector Housing.
If you should have any further questions or need any further advice, then please feel free to contact me. I will be only to please to help in any way I can.
Local Government Officer
Residential Landlords Association
Local Government News
Salford City Council Announce Licensing Consultation - 5 April 2017
This week, Salford City Council have announced the start of a Selective Licensing consultation in parts of the Charlestown and Lower Kersal areas. The Housing Act 2004 gives councils the power to introduce selective licensing schemes for privately rented properties in either the whole or part of their areas and in May 2007, Salford City Council became the first Council in ... more
Following a crackdown on rogue landlords last year, City of Lincoln Council has launched a Trusted Landlord Scheme. The scheme aims to advise and support landlords to provide good quality, well managed private rented accommodation. It will encourage tenants to choose safe, good quality housing and increase tenants’ confidence in the management of their accommodation. The scheme will allow the council’s ... more
Gateshead Propose Further Selective Licensing - 3 April 2017
Gateshead Council have announced two Selective Licensing consultations, both which will close on the 11th June 2017. The first scheme is the proposed introduction of selective licensing in the The Avenues area of Shipcote, and the second is a re-designation of selective licensing in Central Bensham. The Housing Act 2004 gives councils the power to introduce the licensing of private rented homes, within ... more
Telford Landlords Facing £600 Licensing Fees - 17 March 2017
Telford and Wrekin Council has announced its plans to consult on a new Selective Licensing Scheme in a bid to improve the quality of rented houses available in the area. The designated area includes the wards of Hadley, Leegomer, Malineslee, Hollinswood, Brookside, Sutton Hill, and Woodside, landlords in these areas will be required to apply for a five year licence. The ... more
Selective Licensing Approved in Scarborough - 14 March 2017
Scarborough Borough Council have announced plans to go ahead with Selective Licensing in parts of the Castle and North Bay wards, following a consultation last year. The designation was made on 3rd March 2017 and will come into effect on 1st July 2017, the scheme will come to an end in June 2022. The fee for the licence will cover the whole ... more