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 and Additional Licensing to Come into Force in Redbridge - 22 February 2017
The London Borough of Redbridge has announced new Selective and Additional licensing schemes, both of which come into force over the next few months. The selective licensing scheme will be introduced in the wards of Valentines and Clementswood from 13th July 2017. Selective licensing affects all private rented sector properties that are not licensed under HMO licensing, and does not require ... more
Enfield Landlord Forum 2017 - 21 February 2017
Citizen’s Advice Enfield has held regular meetings to discuss issues effecting Enfield and its population. Through these meetings they have found that the top issue troubling the people of Enfield is housing. Specific issues raised include: This year, Enfield was found by a Shelter report to be the top eviction `hotspot’ in England. Nearly 1 in 5 of all issues ... more
Manchester to Extend Selective Licensing After First Scheme is Approved - 14 February 2017
Last year, Manchester City Council gained approval to introduce licensing in the northern area of Crumpsall, off the back of this news the second phase of the consultation has been given the go ahead. A second consultation has started for a selective licensing scheme in the south Manchester areas of Moss Side and Rusholme. If approved this scheme could cost ... more
Woking Announces Selective Licensing Consultation - 8 February 2017
Woking Council is proposing a new 3 year Selective Licensing scheme in parts of the Town Centre and Maybury areas. If approved, the licence could set landlords with houses in the designated areas back £560. After considering the proposed area, the local authority is encouraging all landlords, residents, and stakeholders to provide feedback on the proposal so that the council can ... more
Sefton Starts Additional and Selective Licensing Consultations - 8 February 2017
Sefton Council is looking for the views of residents, landlords, tenants, and agents in their newly proposed Additional and Selective Licensing schemes. The consultation proposes to introduce selective licensing in the area of Bootle and additional licensing in parts of Seaforth, Waterloo, Brighton-le-Sands and Southport. All houses of multiple occupations (HMOs) 3 stories and above legally require a mandatory license, the ... more