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
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
RLA attending East Cheshire Landlord Forum - 10 March 2017
The RLA will be at the East Cheshire Landlord Forum on Monday 13th March. The event is being held by Cheshire East Council at the Masonic Hall in Sandbach. [mks_toggle title="Masonic Hall Location" state="close"] Masonic Hall The Commons Sandbach CW11 1FJ Website: sandbachmasonichall [/mks_toggle] To book a place please contact Diane Cummings at Cheshire East Council: Email: email@example.com Telephone: 01625 378 207 The event is open from midday to 2pm. Cheshire ... more
Bedford Landlord Forum - 3 March 2017
Bedford Borough Council are holding a Landlord Forum on Wednesday 3rd May to help local landlords understand the licensing requirements for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO). The forum is at 6pm for a 6:30 start in the Howard Room, Bedford Corn Exchange. For directions visit the Corn Exchange website. There will be presentations and updates from staff closely involved with ... more
On the 16th February 2017 Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council made the decision to designate the Darwen Area of Blackburn with Darwen as an area of Selective Licensing. The designation will come into force from the 16th May 2017, a licence will last for 5 years. The licence fee is £750 per property for the 5 years, the council will consider any ... more