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Selective Licensing Plans Announced in Walsall - 9 November 2017
Walsall Council is in the midst of a Selective Licensing scheme consultation for the areas of Willenhall, Walsall Town Centre, and adjoining areas. Selective Licensing applies to all private rented sector houses that are not licensed under HMO licensing, this includes non licensable HMOs. An area may be designated for selective licensing either (i) if the area is (or is likely ... more
Local Authorities' obsession with "studentification" harms everyone - 10 October 2017
University towns are ushering in controversial new planning restrictions in a bid to stop the "studentification" of certain areas. Article 4 directions can stop landlords converting family homes into Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) - the shared houses commonly associated with student living. The directions work in two ways - they can stop a particular type of development (for example the creation ... more
New Legislation for Birmingham Landlords - 2 October 2017
Birmingham City Council have started a new consultation on a Selective Licensing Scheme in the ward of Stockland Green. The council is running this consultation until the 30th November 2017, and all affected parties are invited to respond. Selective Licensing was introduced under the Housing Act 2004. The Housing Act 2004 says that before introducing selective licensing to any area local Councils ... more
The 'Metro Mayors' are coming - will we even notice? - 3 May 2017
Overshadowed by the snap General Election, six city-regions will elect Metro Mayors on May 4th. A new concept for English local government outside of London, will they really improve our leading cities, or create a new layer of bureaucracy and conflict? A ‘Metro Mayor’ will be the chair of a combined authority that has agreed a devolution deal with central ... more
Landlord and Lettings Show: Coventry November 2016 - 28 November 2016
On Wednesday 30th the Richo Arena in Coverntry will once again host the Landlord and Lettings Show and the RLA will be out in full force. There is a full schedule of discussions with leading thinkers in the housing industry, and a wide range of seminars from RLA representatives. We will return to stand 65 and look forward to seeing members and landlords, ... more
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