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
Selective Licensing Approved in East Staffordshire - 23 June 2017
Following a consultation earlier this year, East Staffordshire have confirmed that they have been given approval to start a Selective Licensing in the area of DE14, inner Burton. The scheme will come into force on 12th September 2017, private landlords will have to ensure that they have applied for a licence by this date. The fees are as follows: <table summary="Selective Licensing ... more
Two New Licensing Consultations Announced in Brighton & Hove - 23 June 2017
Brighton and Hove Council have announced today that they have begun a licensing consultation on two new licensing schemes, one additional and one selective. This proposal will affect over 27,000 properties. The consultation comes to a close 10th September 2017. Selective Licensing was introduced under the Housing Act 2004. The Housing Act 2004 says that before introducing selective licensing to any area local ... more
Stevenage To Implement Planning Restrictions on HMOs - 20 June 2017
This week, Stevenage Borough Council have confirmed that they are going ahead with plans to implement a borough-wide Article 4 planning restriction. Article 4 directions restrict permitted rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere in the local authority’s area. When an Article 4 direction is in effect, a planning application may ... more
Additional and Selective Scheme Announced in London - 19 June 2017
From the 5th June landlords in Hammersmith and Fulham now have two new licensing schemes to comply with. After a consultation period the London Borough have decided to go ahead with the implementation of both selective and additional licensing schemes. Selective Licensing was introduced under the Housing Act 2004. The Housing Act 2004 says that before introducing selective licensing to any area local ... more
Another London Borough Proposes Landlord Licencing - 15 June 2017
The London Borough of Harrow, in the north west of the capital, are currently in the midst of a consultation on a proposed Selective Licensing scheme for Roxbourne and Roxeth Wards. Selective Licensing was introduced under the Housing Act 2004. The Housing Act 2004 says that before introducing selective licensing to any area local Councils must consult with all affected people, such ... more