We have previously posted on proposed changes to the consent process for local authorities wishing to introduce selective or additional licensing of HMOs or other properties in their areas of responsibility.
The government has now published a summary of the responses to the consultation it carried out on this topic. The response break down much as expected. Local Authorities supported a move to give a general unfettered consent and opposed anything which would limit this. Landlords were opposed to the whole idea.
The plan going forward is not clear. The summary report states that the responses will now be considered. With the election in the offing it now seems unlikely that anything will happen before any new government takes power and therefore what happens will depend entirely on the outcome of the election as the Conservatives are unlikely to give a blanket consent.