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Additional and Selective Licensing Consent

Following on from our previous post on the plan to give a blanket consent to all local housing authorities in England to operate Additional and Selective licensing schemes. It seemed that this had been put to one side in the consultation response from the DCLG and no further announcement has been made.

However, this firm has been told by contacts within some local authorities that the blanket consent has actually been granted and that they are free to carry through discretionary HMO and landlord licensing schemes provided that they are satisfied that the legal requirements for such a scheme have been met. We are informed that several local authorities will now be carrying such schemes forward.

This is very surprising as there has been no announcement from the DCLG. Hopefully they will now clarify the position.

UPDATE- With thanks to Mark we have now obtained a copy of the blanket consent authorisation signed by the Housing Minister an a copy can be downloaded here.

7 Comments

  • Paul 14th May 2010 at 7:48 am

    I’m not from the DCLG but i confirm that this went through before the disolution of parliament. a link to the DCLG website is http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/housing/1531769
    but this link wasn’t working at the time of making this comment due to a technical fault

  • Mark 14th May 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I attended a “consultation” meeting yesterday at the Town Hall in Oxford. They are adamant that they have permission to extend the scheme to license all HMO’s in the city…… http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decN/NewlicensingpowersproposedforHMOs.news Their consultation document is at….
    http://consultation.oxford.gov.uk/consult.ti/Additional_Licensing_of_HMOs/consultationHome
    It would appear that they are seeking to offer annual licensing with a discounted fee for people who apply early and for those who can produce evidence of compliance with the application.

  • Mark 17th May 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Could some-one please help me find the legislative construct by which Oxford City have published the following missive on their website?
    “On the 1st April 2010 the Government changed the legislation regarding the licensing of HMOs. The Council now has the power to introduce an additional licensing scheme for HMOs based on the local situation and it has no need to refer the decision to the Government for approval.”

    • PainSmith 17th May 2010 at 5:29 pm

      This is part of the Housing Act 2004. This removal of the need to refer the decision to the Government is the main thrust of this blog post and he ones it links to.

  • Mark 18th May 2010 at 9:42 am

    Yes……. I understand this but I cannot find anything on the DCLG website to confirm this…. either searching by date or trigger words. wondered if you could do better that Paul’s link which is still not functioning?

    • PainSmith 18th May 2010 at 9:59 am

      Sorry, we are not able to find any formal announcement or do better than Paul’s link either at this stage.

  • Mark 18th May 2010 at 11:48 am

    I have tried calling DCLG and left a message with the “advisor” who is dealing with this she is only in on Tuesdays and Thursdays so hopefully I will hear something then.

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