Author: Bumblebee Design

Your landlord meeting or event could be advertised here – contact us for more information

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 31 Dec 2024

If you are organising a meeting or event for London landlords then you can reach a wide audiance by getting it listed on the London Property Licensing website. For trade fairs and council or landlord association meetings there is no charge. Yes, it’s completely free! We only charge to advertise […]

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Property Investor Show – 19 & 20 April 2024

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 19 Apr 2024

Date: Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April, 10am to 6pm (5pm close on Saturday) Venue: Excel, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL Cost: Free About: The UK’s leading event property expo is the premier exhibition for anyone looking to make money from property investment – in the short or long term. Better still, […]

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Kensington landlord and property management company fined almost half a million pounds for operating an unlicensed and poorly managed HMO

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 09 Nov 2023

A landlord and property management company operating a 22-bedroom house of multiple occupation (HMO) has been prosecuted by Kensington and Chelsea Council. Following a complaint from a tenant back in 2020, the council begun an investigation which found the landlord had no HMO licence to operate the 22-bedroom house-share style […]

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Hackney Council’s additional and selective licensing scheme have ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Oct 2023

The additional and selective landlord licensing schemes implemented in Hackney have ended after five years. The council had operated a borough wide additional licensing scheme, combined with a selective licensing scheme covering the council wards of Brownswood, Cazenove and Stoke Newington. In a somewhat chaotic end to the licensing schemes, […]

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Latest government updates on regulation of the private rented sector

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 13 Sep 2023

If you are organising a meeting or event for London landlords then you can reach a wide audiance by getting it listed on the London Property Licensing website. For trade fairs and council or landlord association meetings there is no charge. Yes, On 7 September 2023, government published an update […]

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Bexley Council’s selective licensing scheme has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 13 Sep 2023

A selective licensing scheme covering Thamesmead North, Abbey Wood / Lower Belvedere and parts of Erith in the London Borough of Bexley has ended after almost five years. The scheme came into force on 1 October 2018 and extended licensing to all private rented properties within the designated area. The […]

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Merton additional and selective licensing schemes starting soon

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Sep 2023

New additional and selective licensing schemes are being introduced in the London Borough of Merton on 24 September 2023. Merton Council consulted on proposed new licensing schemes from November 2022 to 22 January 2023 (read here) and the schemes were approved at a Cabinet Meeting on 19 June 2023. Unfortunately, […]

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Can landlords return a tenancy deposit by cheque?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Sep 2023

There are various reasons why a landlord of residential property might want to give a tenancy deposit back to the tenant. If the landlord wants the tenant to move out, early return of the deposit will help the tenant with getting together cash needed to secure new accommodation. Sometimes it […]

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Selective licensing scheme covering Harrow Council’s Roxbourne & Roxeth wards has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 04 Sep 2023

A selective licensing scheme covering Harrow Council’s Roxbourne & Roxeth wards has ended after five years. The scheme came into force on 14 March 2018 and extended licensing to all private rented properties within these two council wards. Whilst the council’s public register lists 1,753 selectively licensed properties, the council […]

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Steep rise in Enfield property licensing fees

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 01 Sep 2023

Research by London Property Licensing has identified a steep rise in property licensing fees in the London Borough of Enfield. When Enfield Council’s borough wide additional licensing scheme was implemented in September 2020, landlords were charged a fixed fee of £900 per property to license their properties. These are predominantly shared houses, […]

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Over 300 landlords have submitted applications since the additional HMO licensing scheme was launched in Kensington and Chelsea

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 24 Aug 2023

More than 300 landlords have applied for a new licence brought in this summer for house share-style properties to help make homes safer for private tenants in Kensington and Chelsea. The Council introduced the new additional licensing scheme on 1 June 2023 to help drive up housing standards and enforce […]

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Wembley landlord given Brent Council’s first ever banning order

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 22 Aug 2023

A criminal businessman has been given Brent’s first ever rogue landlord banning order. So-called property dealer, Jaydipkumar Rameshchandra Valand, who lives with his family in Swinderby Road, Wembley Central, has been banned from letting out houses in England and engaging in any sort of property management work in the country […]

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Sharp fall in private rental listings means London’s housing pressures going from ‘bad to disastrous’

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 07 Aug 2023

New research shows a 41% reduction in the number of London properties available for private rent since the Covid-19 pandemic, amid warnings that turbulence and supply constraints in the private rental market is worsening near record levels of homelessness across the capital. The analysis – which represents the most comprehensive […]

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London landlord: share your views on challenges facing the private rented sector

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 02 Aug 2023

Propertymark is working with the University of Dundee to understand more about the plans landlords in London have to retain their property investments, increase investment or withdraw from the sector and why. With changes over the past few years, including the Tenant Fees Act, Section 24 tax rules, minimum energy […]

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Major changes announced to property licensing rules in Redbridge

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 01 Aug 2023

New additional and selective licensing schemes have recently been confirmed in the London Borough of Redbridge. Additional licensing The council’s previous additional licensing scheme came into force on 13 April 2017 and ended on 12 April 2022. The council held a public consultation from 13 December 2021 to 7 March […]

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Selective landlord licensing is being expanded in Southwark

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 31 Jul 2023

A new selective landlord licensing scheme is being implemented in the London Borough of Southwark on 1 November 2023. The new licensing scheme will cover the council wards of North Walworth, Nunhead and Queen’s Road, Old Kent Road, Peckham, Camberwell Green, Chaucer, Dulwich Hill, Dulwich Wood, London Bridge & West […]

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Additional licensing scheme in Kingston upon Thames has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Jul 2023

An additional licensing scheme that was introduced in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames on 1 March 2018 has ended after five years. The additional licensing scheme applied borough wide and was implemented at a time mandatory HMO licensing was restricted to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) comprising three […]

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Camden landlords and agents given hefty fines following two successful housing prosecutions

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 04 Jul 2023

A management company running a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in Camden have been prosecuted for fire safety failures. Monsoon Properties Limited were ordered to pay fines and costs totalling over £49,000 for the failures at the flat in Tavistock Place, WC1H 9RX at a sentencing held at Highbury Corner […]

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Appeals against the imposition of financial penalties under Housing Act 2004: extensions of time when appeals are submitted late

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Jun 2023

The Upper Tribunal (“UT”) has allowed an appeal brought by a landlord against a decision of the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (“FTT”) that had refused him an extension of time in which to bring a challenge against a council’s imposition of a £13,250 penalty. In Kazi v. Bradford MDC [2023] […]

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Newham landlords – renew your selective licence by 14 July to save £350!

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Jun 2023

Newham landlords and agents who renew their selective licences by 14 July 2023 will be eligible for an early bird discount, reducing the application fee from £750 to £400. Newham Council’s latest selective licensing scheme came into force on 1 June 2023. It applies borough wide except for the council […]

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Dawn raid discovers 11 people crammed into grimy rundown semi in Wembley

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Jun 2023

Brent Council housing enforcement officers found 11 people crammed inside a three-bed semi-detached house following an early morning raid last month following a tip-off from eagled-eyed residents. Housing enforcement officers entered the property in West Hill, Wembley, accompanied by police officers, shortly after 6am. They found tenants sleeping in every […]

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Excessive and unjust – Upper Tribunal decision on council’s civil financial penalty policy

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 23 Jun 2023

This landmark judgement by the Upper Tribunal brings further clarity to how civil financial penalties for HMO licensing offences should be calculated. In March 2022, Leicester City Council imposed a civil financial penalty of £29,817 under section 72(1) of the Housing Act 2004. It was a two storey property containing […]

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Green light for new selective licensing scheme in Brent

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 22 Jun 2023

Landlords renting out homes in the Brent Council wards of Dollis Hill, Willesden Green and Harlesden & Kensal Green will legally be required to have a licence from 1 August 2023 after Brent’s cabinet voted in favour of introducing a new selective licensing scheme. The three wards were selected following […]

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Hefty penalty for Ealing landlords who breached planning rules

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Jun 2023

Two Ealing landlords have been hit with huge bills totalling more than £600,000 for illegally converting houses into a series of cramped and substandard flats, which broke basic planning regulations. In unconnected cases, Ealing Council prosecuted Naib Sidhu and Vagnik Hovanessian for failing to follow planning rules at properties in […]

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Kensington and Chelsea additional landlord licensing scheme starts today

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 01 Jun 2023

A new additional licensing scheme for landlords and agents who operate house share-style properties is being introduced today (1 June 2023). The intention of the scheme is to help make homes safer for private tenants in Kensington and Chelsea. Landlords of house and flat shares with three or more occupiers […]

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Consultation underway on second phase selective licensing scheme in Barnet, but what’s happening with phase one?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 18 May 2023

Barnet Council is consulting on a second phase selective licensing scheme covering ten council wards. With the first phase selective licensing scheme not yet implemented, landlords and agents may understandably be confused about what is happening. London Property Licensing has been looking into the issue and will try to explain. […]

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Hillingdon landlord loses appeal against civil financial penalty

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 17 May 2023

A Hayes landlord has been ordered to pay more than £6,000 after the First-tier Tribunal upheld Hillingdon Council’s decision to fine him for numerous safety risks caused by his poor management of a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). Pradeep Kapoor, of North Park, Iver had appealed a penalty notice for […]

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HMO planning restrictions confirmed in Merton

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 17 May 2023

On 17 November 2022, Merton Council made an immediate HMO Article 4 Direction covering the seven council wards on the east side of the borough: Figge’s Marsh Graveney Longthornton Pollards Hill Colliers Wood Cricket Green Lavender Fields Merton Council consulted on the Article 4 Direction from November 2022 until 22 […]

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Isleworth landlord fined £115,000 for illegal property conversion

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 17 May 2023

In March 2023, Shashibhushan Vyas, from Isleworth, was fined over £115,500 at Isleworth Crown Court for illegally converting a side extension into a separate unit at his property on Mandeville Road, Isleworth. The tenant was found to be living in squalid and dirty conditions with a toilet located less than […]

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Havering Council’s first additional licensing scheme has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 05 May 2023

An additional licensing scheme that was introduced in the London Borough of Havering on 1 March 2018 has ended after five years. The additional licensing scheme had extended licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the council wards of Brooklands, Elm Park, Gooshays, Harold Wood, Havering Park, Heaton, […]

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Landlords needed for LSE research project on London’s private rented sector

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 20 Apr 2023

Private landlords are being invited to participate in a research project on rental supply in London that is being carried out by the London School of Economics and Savills. The aim of the research is to understand why there has been a reduction in supply of private rented properties, with […]

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Hefty penalty for landlord and managing agent found operating an unauthorised HMO in Barking and Dagenham

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Apr 2023

A landlord based in Ilford has been ordered to pay over £33,000 in costs for illegally running a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the neighbouring borough of Barking & Dagenham. The three-bedroom HMO was identified by Barking and Dagenham Council’s Private Sector Housing Team in December 2018 who informed […]

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Hackney Council to step up enforcement action on damp and mould

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Apr 2023

Landlords who put lives at risk by ignoring serious damp and mould issues will face fines and legal action after Hackney Council approved extra funding to improve living conditions and step up enforcement against rogue landlords. The 25% increase in funding, equivalent to £400,000 a year for the council’s private […]

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Spotlight on Haringey Council’s Additional Licensing Scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 11 Apr 2023

As part of the National Residential Landlord Association’s (NRLA) local government campaigning, a series of audits are being carried out on active discretionary licensing schemes to ensure complete transparency and accountability. The aim of these audits is to assess whether discretionary licensing is an appropriate action to take compared with […]

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Rent Repayment Orders: why a landlord’s excuse must remain reasonable for the duration of the offence

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Apr 2023

The Upper Tribunal has imposed a rent repayment order on a landlord despite accepting that he was told by the council that he did not need a licence and that he would later be invited to apply for a licence. The case of Marigold and Ors v Wells [2023] UKUT […]

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Edmonton letting agent given hefty fine for failure to license properties

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 04 Apr 2023

Green House Estate Agents Ltd of Silver Street, Edmonton N18 has been prosecuted and ordered to pay £35,000 for falling foul of property licensing rules. The letting agency failed to obtain selective licences for three private rented properties in Upper Edmonton N18. They also failed to provide information to the […]

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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea additional licensing scheme starts 1 June 2023

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 08 Mar 2023

Following a licensing consultation that took place from 29 March to 20 June 2021 (read here), the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has decided to implement a borough wide additional licensing scheme. The new scheme will extend licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) occupied by three or […]

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Tower Hamlets Council consulting on plans to renew their additional licensing scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Feb 2023

Tower Hamlets Council is consulting on plans to renew their additional licensing scheme that extends across much of the borough. The current scheme came into force on 1 April 2019 and is due to end on 31 March 2024. The council currently operates three property licensing schemes. In addition to […]

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Illegal basement conversion creating tiny flats results in hefty fine for Camberwell landlord

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Feb 2023

A private landlord who breached planning rules at two properties on Maude Road in Camberwell has been ordered to repay £42,637.20 in illegal gains and a further £10,000 in fines and costs at an Inner London Crown Court hearing on 13 January 2023. Mawan Musa, 63, of Maude Road, Camberwell […]

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Government have approved Newham’s selective landlord licensing scheme for an unprecedented third 5-year term

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 21 Feb 2023

Newham Council’s selective landlord licensing scheme has been approved by the Secretary of State for Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities for an unprecedented third 5-year term. Newham Council consulted on plans to renew their additional and selective licensing schemes from 9 November 2021 to 26 January 2022. The […]

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Greenwich Council have relaunched their additional licensing consultation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 07 Feb 2023

A public consultation is underway on plans for an additional licensing scheme in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. The consultation originally started on 9 November 2022 and was due to run until 18 January 2023. London Property Licensing was unaware of any press release and did not find out about […]

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West London’s largest private rented property licensing scheme rolls out in Ealing

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 20 Jan 2023

Ealing Council’s new private rented property licensing scheme came into force on Tuesday 3 January in a bid to drive up standards in homes across the borough. The new selective licensing scheme is the largest of its kind in west London and will apply to all privately let properties in […]

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Concerns raised over Greenwich Council’s additional licensing consultation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Jan 2023

A public consultation is currently underway on plans for an additional licensing scheme in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Whilst no press release has been seen, London Property Licensing understands that the consultation started on 9 November 2022 and continues until 18 January 2023. Current licensing schemes Greenwich Council currently […]

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Wandsworth Council to revisit plans to license properties in the private rented sector

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 18 Dec 2022

Back in 2016, Wandsworth Council explored proposals to introduce additional and selective licensing schemes following a petition from residents calling for action. Back then, councillors decided there were only a small number of tenant complaints and insufficient evidence to introduce such schemes. Instead, the council implemented a range of other […]

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Lewisham Council announce further HMO planning restrictions

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 18 Dec 2022

In March 2020, Lewisham Council implemented new House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) planning restrictions in the south of the borough. The effect of the HMO Article 4 Direction was to remove permitted development rights to convert a single family property (use class C3) into a HMO with 3 to 6 […]

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Major upheaval for regulation of the private rented sector in Merton

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 14 Dec 2022

After a period of relative calm with few licensing schemes in South West London, substantial changes are on the way for landlords and agents operating in the London Borough of Merton. Merton Council has launched a public consultation on three proposals: An additional licensing scheme which will extend licensing to […]

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Hefty penalty for Camden letting agent who failed to comply with client money protection regulations

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 08 Dec 2022

A landmark fine has been issued to a Camden letting agent after a London Trading Standards led investigation found the company had failed to comply with regulations in place to safeguard tenants and landlords. The tribunal found, beyond all reasonable doubt, that Carter & Reeves Limited were in breach of […]

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Dagenham freeholder fined for flagrant disregard of residents’ health and safety

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Dec 2022

The freeholders to a block of maisonettes have been ordered to pay more than £22,000 after failing to carry out repairs that left leaseholders and tenants living in “squalid and unsafe conditions”. A leaking roof, damp and mould, and a pigeon infestation were among the problems found at the properties […]

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Nine point guide to spotting an out-of-date tenancy agreement

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Dec 2022

It is very important for landlords and letting agents to keep their tenancy agreements updated. Housing law changes constantly, and an old agreement will contain references to legislation which has been repealed. An out-of-date template will not accurately reflect the rights and duties of the landlord and tenant. Implied terms, […]

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New selective landlord licensing scheme comes into force in Haringey

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 18 Nov 2022

A new selective landlord licensing scheme that aims to provide safer, well managed housing for renters came into force across in the London Borough of Haringey on Thursday 17 November 2022. Following approval from the Secretary of State in August, Haringey Council’s new selective licensing scheme covers the council wards […]

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Have your say on selective licensing for private rented properties in Brent

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 31 Oct 2022

A borough-wide consultation on selective landlord licensing for privately rented properties in Brent launched today (31 October 2022) for twelve weeks. The online consultation is open to anyone to have their say on landlord licensing in the borough. Three types of licensing schemes currently operate in the borough: Mandatory HMO […]

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Green light for Ealing’s largest private rented property licensing scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Oct 2022

The government’s Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has approved Ealing Council’s plan to introduce a new private rented property licensing scheme across the borough. Ealing Council already operates a borough wide additional licensing scheme plus a selective licensing scheme (designation 1) in the three wards of East Acton, […]

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New Brent HMO planning restrictions come into force on 1 November 2022

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Oct 2022

The London Borough of Brent is introducing new planning restrictions that will remove permitted development rights to convert a single dwelling house (use class C3) into a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) with 3 to 6 occupants (use class C4). Background to the decision On 21 October 2019, Brent Council […]

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How far do managers of HMOs need to go to ‘ensure’ compliance with the Management Regulations?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 03 Oct 2022

In the recent case of Adil Catering Limited v The City of Westminster Council [2022] UKUT 238 (LC), the Upper Tribunal addressed the question of what does ‘ensure’ mean in the Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Management Regulations. The Tribunal was concerned with the scope of the duty imposed on […]

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Property licensing rules have changed in the Royal Borough of Greenwich – what are the implications for private landlords?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 02 Oct 2022

London Property Licensing is warning landlords and agents about important changes to licensing rules in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Additional Licensing On 30 September 2022, Greenwich Council’s borough wide additional licensing scheme ended after five years. Whilst the scheme was originally expected to license about 7,500 properties a report […]

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Additional licensing scheme given the green light in Barnet

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 30 Aug 2022

On 26 July 2022, Barnet Council issued a Public Notice giving three months’ notice that an additional licensing scheme would be introduced. The council’s previous additional licensing scheme was in force for five years from 5 July 2016 to 4 July 2021. The old scheme applied borough wide but was […]

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Cost of living crisis set to cause homelessness spike in London

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 Aug 2022

London faces a possible homelessness spike in the coming months due to the cost-of-living crisis and increases in private rents, boroughs have warned. The cross-party group London Councils highlights new analysis showing that fewer than one in ten properties listed for private rent in the capital are affordable to Londoners […]

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Islington landlord must pay £40,000 after breaching multiple property licence conditions

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Aug 2022

Islington Council has prosecuted a private landlord who repeatedly failed to comply with licensing rules, including refusal to provide a kitchen for one of his tenants. The case was brought by the Islington Council’s Environmental Health team after an investigation revealed 15 breaches of residential property licensing conditions and a […]

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Hounslow Council announce more stringent HMO planning restrictions

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 07 Aug 2022

Proposals for new HMO planning restrictions have been announced by the London Borough of Hounslow. On 6 July 2022, Hounslow Council made a non-immediate HMO Article 4 Direction that applies throughout most of the borough. The only excluded areas are open land, industrial areas, Chiswick Business Park, Bedford Lakes Business […]

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Redbridge Council’s first selective licensing scheme has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Jul 2022

A selective licensing scheme that was introduced in the London Borough of Redbridge on 13 July 2017 has ended after five years. The selective licensing scheme had extended licensing to all private rented properties in the council wards of Clementswood and Valentines in the south of the borough. Whilst the […]

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Lewisham landlord fined £4,000 after water leak caused bathroom ceiling to collapse

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Jul 2022

A landlord and property owner who failed to repair a serious water leak in a private rented property in Lewisham have been fined £4,000 after their tenants’ bathroom ceiling collapsed. After the tenants got in contact with Lewisham Council in November 2021 to complain about the leak from the bathroom […]

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Kensington and Chelsea council tenant who sublet his property as a small HMO has tenancy terminated

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Jul 2022

Investigations by Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea have uncovered tenancy fraud by the tenant of a one-bedroom council flat in Ladbroke Grove, W10. After the tenant submitted a Right to Buy application, an unannounced visit by council officers revealed three sub-tenants living there. Each of the sub-tenants were paying […]

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Disappointingly low fine for Harrow landlord who let unsafe property in breach of prohibition order

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 18 Jul 2022

A landlord of an unlicensed House of Multiple Occupation (HMO) has landed himself into trouble again after an inspection uncovered he was housing five tenants and himself in a dangerous two bedroom property which had been prohibited from use by Harrow Council. When officers inspected the property on Headstone Drive, […]

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New property licensing schemes have been launched in Hammersmith and Fulham

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Jun 2022

Two new property licensing schemes came into force in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham on 5 June 2022. The council previously operated a borough wide additional licensing scheme plus a selective licensing scheme that extended licensing to all private rented homes in 128 streets. Both schemes ended on […]

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Unlicensed HMO with no working fire alarm leads to substantial fine for Camden landlord and agent

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 23 Jun 2022

A Camden lettings agency, whose sole director was recently made the subject of an anti-social behaviour injunction and banning order, and the landlord of a Camden property have been found guilty and sentenced for controlling an unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the borough and providing unsafe housing for […]

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Lewisham landlords warned – get your HMO licensed or face enforcement action

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 16 Jun 2022

Lewisham Council has launched a new licensing scheme for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the borough, helping to improve conditions for private renters and tackle poor quality housing. The scheme, which came into force on 5 April 2022, applies to all HMOs in the London Borough of Lewisham […]

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Greenwich letting agent fined £12,500 after falsely claiming to belong to a client money protection scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 15 Jun 2022

A letting agent that falsely claimed to belong to a client money protection scheme – placing both landlords and tenants at risk – has been ordered to pay a £12,500 financial penalty after a Tribunal Judge ruled in favour of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Maritime Properties incorrectly stated on […]

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Southwark landlord to face two years in prison if £230,000 confiscation order not paid in three months

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 20 May 2022

A private landlord has been prosecuted by Southwark Council for illegally squashing seven flats into a housing development that only had planning permission for six. In addition to this, three of the flats had extra-unauthorised bedrooms that added to the already cramped and sub-standard conditions. In 2011, planning permission was […]

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Suspended prison sentence for illegal gas fitter working in South London

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 10 May 2022

A gas fitter and building company have been sentenced following unsafe and unregistered gas work. Southwark Crown Court heard that Valentin Pauliuc, trading as VP Plumbing & Heating, was hired in February 2019 by HSM Builders Limited, the principal contractor for a domestic renovation in South London, to carry out […]

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Greenwich selective licensing scheme approved with promise of 60% early bird fee discount

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Apr 2022

On 23 March 2022, Greenwich Council’s Cabinet approved plans for a selective licensing scheme in the east of the borough. During 2020, Greenwich Council consulted on plans for a selective licensing scheme covering all private rented homes in the Woolwich Common, Glyndon, Woolwich Riverside, Shooters Hill and Plumstead council wards. […]

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Redbridge Council’s additional licensing scheme has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Apr 2022

An additional licensing scheme for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the London Borough of Redbridge ended on 12 April 2022. The borough wide scheme, which started on 13 April 2017, had extended licensing to all HMOs occupied by three or more people, including so-called ‘section 257 HMOs’. Whilst the […]

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Public Accounts Committee give their verdict on the private rented sector

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Apr 2022

In a report published 13 April 2022, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee says it is “too difficult for renters to realise their legal right to a safe and secure home” and that local authorities – constrained by a lack of support from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) […]

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New Ealing property licensing schemes came into force on 1 April 2022

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 13 Apr 2022

Landlords and letting agents operating in the London Borough of Ealing are being urged to check whether their properties need licensing after two new private rented property licensing schemes came into force on 1 April 2022. Ealing Council’s additional HMO licensing scheme extends licensing to most houses in multiple occupation […]

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Wandsworth Council are calling on landlords and agents to sign a responsible waste disposal pledge

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 30 Mar 2022

Wandsworth Council are inviting all landlords and letting agents to sign-up for a joint initiative to help create a cleaner and more pleasant environment for everyone. Rather than implement additional and selective licensing schemes, the council is trialling a more collaborative approach. The council recognise that landlords and letting agents […]

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Haringey Council to seek government approval for a large selective licensing scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 30 Mar 2022

On 9 March 2022, Haringey Council’s Cabinet approved plans for a large selective licensing scheme covering all private rented properties in twelve council wards. The decision follows a public consultation exercise that took place from 17 May to 5 September 2021 (read here). According to the council, the consultation attracted […]

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Hillingdon HMO landlords ordered to pay £27,000 after renting hazardous property ‘not fit for human habitation’

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Mar 2022

Robin and Susan Kirstein, of Berkley Avenue, Greenford, were sentenced at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Friday 4 March, after each admitting a string of offences contravening the Housing Act and the Building Act. The court heard the property on The Broadway failed to meet many basic safety requirements and was […]

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How can landlords help low-income families manage the rising cost of living?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Mar 2022

You know there’s a problem in the private rented sector when letting agents start talking about the unaffordability of properties for their prospective tenants. Agency chain Hamptons recently released research that sounded the alarm that households are about to be hit by ballooning energy bills and other cost of living […]

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Spotlight on Greenwich Council’s Additional Licensing Scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Mar 2022

The Royal Borough of Greenwich is potentially looking to consult on the renewal of their borough-wide additional licensing, which is due to come to an end in September this year. As part of the National Residential Landlord Association’s (NRLA’s) campaigning on local government, a series of audits will be carried […]

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New Southwark property licensing schemes came into force on 1 March 2022

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 18 Mar 2022

New additional and selective licensing schemes came into force in the London Borough of Southwark on 1 March 2022. Additional licensing A new borough wide additional licensing scheme applies to Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that are not already licensable under the mandatory HMO licensing scheme. It includes smaller rental […]

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Duplicitous’ landlord who harassed tenants and left them in dangerous accommodation must pay over £50,000 following investigation by Waltham Forest Council

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Feb 2022

A private landlord who left his tenants living in “atrocious conditions” at their rented property has been hit with a fine of over £50,000. Arbab Ahmed was brought to book on 10 housing violations at Stratford Magistrates Court by Waltham Forest Council, in a case that has been running for […]

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Understanding banning orders for landlords and letting agents

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Feb 2022

Banning orders came into force on 6 April 2018 and have given power to local authorities to apply to the First-tier Tribunal (“FtT”) for a ban against private residential landlords or agents where they are convicted of committing a “banning order offence” against a tenant, other occupier of the property […]

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Mayor of London announces new funding to train housing enforcement officers

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Feb 2022

To improve housing standards in the private rented sector, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has announced new funding to train local authority housing enforcement officers. Nearly a fifth of privately rented homes (18 per cent) fail the Government’s Decent Homes standard, although it is not an enforceable standard in […]

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Redbridge Council’s additional landlord licensing consultation ending soon

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Feb 2022

Redbridge Council’s consultation on plans to renew their additional landlord licensing scheme ends on 7 March 2022. The original scheme began in 2017 and is due to end on 12 April 2022. Under the current scheme, licensing has been extended to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) throughout the borough. […]

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Suspended prison sentence for builder who made fraudulent fire safety claims in Southwark

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 23 Feb 2022

Southwark Council have prosecuted Valeriu Sandu, of Valmic Properties Limited, for lying about fitting sufficiently fireproof bedroom windows in a purpose built block of flats. Sandu put quick payment and personal gain, ahead of the safety of people living in the block. In August 2019, Sandu, 49, of Pretoria Road, […]

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New guidance on lead enforcement responsibility for fire safety in purpose built blocks of flats

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 21 Feb 2022

New guidance has been published to help assess whether Local Housing Authorities (LHAs) or Fire and Rescue Authorities (FRAs) should take lead enforcement responsibility for fire safety in purpose built blocks of flats. The guidance, published in January 2022, has been developed jointly by the Local Government Association, National Fire […]

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Four Camden landlords issued with five year banning order

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 20 Feb 2022

Camden Council has successfully secured banning orders against four private landlords after they were found to be letting an unlicensed and unsafe home in Kilburn. The number of landlord banning orders secured by Camden now stands at seven – the most secured by any local authority in England. One of […]

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Changes underway to Lewisham Council’s landlord licensing schemes

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 11 Feb 2022

Landlords and agents are being warned about various changes underway to property licensing schemes in the London Borough of Lewisham. One additional licensing scheme has ended On 11 February 2017, an additional HMO licensing scheme was introduced in the London Borough of Lewisham. The licensing scheme applied to all Houses […]

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Islington Council launch consultation on changes to their 2021 selective licensing scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 31 Jan 2022

In a surprise move, London Property Licensing understands a new selective licensing consultation started in the London Borough of Islington on Thursday 23 December 2021. Timed to start just before the Christmas holidays, the consultation sets out plans to alter the selective licensing scheme that came into force just eleven […]

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Liability of Company Directors for Housing Offences

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 31 Jan 2022

Corporate structure such as limited companies offer business owners and managers a way to avoid personal liability when things go wrong. The protection offered is mainly protection from commercial risks – the debts of a company do not become the debts of the shareholders and directors can only be held […]

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Barking HMO landlord faces imprisonment if Confiscation Order not paid within three months

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 20 Jan 2022

A private landlord has been ordered to pay over £64,000 for breaking housing regulations on a private rented property in Barking. On the 20 July 2021, Mr Sumon Miah of Mortimer Terrace, Highgate was found guilty at Barkingside Magistrates Court for breaching a planning enforcement notice served on a property […]

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Newham Council launch new inspection programme for letting and managing agents

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Jan 2022

Newham Council’s Private Sector Housing & Standards team, together with Trading Standards, will are carrying out unannounced inspections of letting agents and property management agents starting this week (10 January). As part of their commitment to fight for Newham private renters, the council have said they will be inspecting agents’ […]

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Selective licensing scheme to be scaled back in Hammersmith and Fulham

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 05 Jan 2022

Hammersmith & Fulham Council currently operate a borough wide additional licensing scheme plus a selective licensing scheme that extends licensing to all private rented homes in 128 streets. Both schemes end on 4 June 2022. From 10 May to 10 August 2021, the council consulted on plans for new licensing […]

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Dramatic rise in licence application fees as Lambeth’s additional licensing scheme comes into force

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 17 Dec 2021

A borough wide additional licensing scheme covering all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) came into force in Lambeth on 9 December 2021. The licensing scheme includes house and flat shares, bedsits, and some buildings converted into flats that are occupied by three or more people forming more than one household. […]

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Lewisham Council’s selective licensing consultation extended until 4 February 2022

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 16 Dec 2021

Lewisham Council are consulting on plans to implement new selective licensing schemes covering a large part of the borough. This is the council’s second selective licensing consultation. A previous consultation on plans for borough wide selective licensing took place in 2019 (read here). On 11 March 2020, Lewisham Council’s Mayor […]

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Richmond landlord fined over £60,000 after ignoring Improvement Notices

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 15 Dec 2021

Richmond Council has told residents that its Private Sector Housing Team will address issues with poor housing conditions and take enforcement action against rogue landlords and letting agents. It recently prosecuted a private landlord after receiving a complaint on 4 March 2019 from a tenant living in one of the […]

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How to get named and shamed: a guide to notoriety and public disgrace for landlords and agents

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 15 Dec 2021

Public shaming as a form of punishment might sound barbaric and outdated, but it still exists, adapted for the digital age. The Housing and Planning Act 2016 created the legal foundation for the Government’s Database of Rogue Landlords and Agents, and the promise of this register of criminal landlords and […]

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Tenants are worried about paying their energy bills this winter

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 14 Dec 2021

With the current fuel crisis seeing an increase in energy prices, ongoing hikes in household bills are proving to be a major concern for millions of households across the country, including private tenants. Almost half of renters surveyed (49%) are worried about how they will pay their bills, with 57% […]

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Government lacks clear vision and strategy for regulating the private rented sector, says NAO

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 10 Dec 2021

A pivotal report by the National Audit Office (NAO) published today (10 December 2021), has found that the way private renting is regulated is not effective in ensuring the sector is fair for renters or that housing is safe and secure. Of concern, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and […]

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Islington managing agent fined over £80,000 for serious fire safety breaches in a block of flats

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Dec 2021

A managing agent has been ordered to pay more than £80,000 for safety failings which “exposed a potentially large number of people to risk of death or serious injury from fire”. London Fire Brigade inspectors found serious fire safety defects during two visits to a five-storey building on Danbury Street […]

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Decision on Greenwich Council’s selective licensing scheme delayed until 2022

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 02 Dec 2021

During 2020, Greenwich Council consulted on plans for a selective licensing scheme covering all private rented homes in the Woolwich Common, Glyndon, Woolwich Riverside, Shooters Hill and Plumstead council wards. The consultation originally started in February 2020 but was paused the following month due to the deteriorating coronavirus pandemic (read […]

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Early warning for Southwark landlords – new property licensing schemes being introduced in 2022

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Nov 2021

Southwark Council have approved new additional and selective licensing schemes that will come into force on 1 March 2022. London Property Licensing is advising landlords and agents to check the rules and get ready to submit licence applications within the next few months. The council previously operated additional and selective […]

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New safeagent enforcement toolkit helps councils to tackle rogue letting and managing agents

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Nov 2021

A new letting agent enforcement toolkit has today (29 November 2021) been published by safeagent, the UK’s leading not for profit accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents operating in the private rented sector. According to safeagent, effective enforcement is crucial if we are to stamp out rogue agents in […]

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Lewisham Council’s new additional landlord licensing scheme starts April 2022

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 Nov 2021

Lewisham Council is introducing a new borough wide additional licensing scheme covering almost all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The new licensing scheme starts on 5 April 2022. The council’s current additional licensing scheme applies borough wide but is restricted to HMOs above commercial premises. It was introduced in February […]

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Dagenham landlords prosecuted for illegal eviction

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Nov 2021

A Dagenham couple have been fined over £13,000 after they were found guilty of unlawfully evicting four tenants and breaching management regulations on a property they rented out in Dagenham. Landlords, Mr Stephen Kayode Rotimi and his wife Fadeke Rotimi not only removed the means to top up the gas […]

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Property licensing consultation underway in Newham

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 22 Nov 2021

Newham Council have launched a public consultation on plans to implement new additional and selective licensing schemes when the current schemes end in late 2022 / early 2023. The council wants to hear from tenants, landlords and local businesses about how the borough’s licensing scheme has affected them. Licensing of […]

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Southwark Council take most landlord prosecutions in London

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 16 Nov 2021

Two thirds of English councils have prosecuted no landlords for offences related to standards in or the management of private rented housing over the last three years, according to new research by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA). The NRLA is warning that this failure to take action against the […]

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Proceeds of crime order for Southall landlord following HMO planning breach

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 05 Nov 2021

A married couple who are landlords from Southall have been ordered to pay over £290,000 after they failed to comply with a planning enforcement notice issued by Ealing Council. This follows a similar case reported last month where another Ealing landlord was ordered to pay over quarter of a million […]

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Hayes landlord ordered to stop using storage building as ‘cramped’ living space

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 03 Nov 2021

A planning inspector has ordered a private landlord in Hayes to comply with enforcement notices issued by Hillingdon Council, after being found to be illegally renting two properties. The enforcement notices were served in October 2020 at 15a and 15b Station Road after Hillingdon Council investigators found breaches of planning […]

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What factors are considered when determining the amount of a Rent Repayment Order – Williams v Parmar [ 2021] UKUT 244 (LC)

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Oct 2021

The First-Tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) (“the Tribunal”) has a wide discretion when determining whether to make a rent repayment order. A rent repayment order is an order allowing tenants and local authorities to seek repayment of rent paid where the landlord has committed an offence under section 40(3) […]

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Private landlords invited to participate in local authority energy efficiency survey

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Oct 2021

In a welcome move, private landlords and agents are being encouraged to share their views about compliance with minimum energy efficiency requirements (survey here). At present, it is a requirement for all private rented properties to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a rating of A to E. Properties […]

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Ealing landlord must pay £244k before Christmas or face thirty months in prison

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 21 Oct 2021

A Greenford landlord has been ordered to pay almost £275,000 for failing to comply with an existing planning enforcement notice regarding planning issues at a property in Beechwood Avenue. Mrs Anja Bawa of Ferrymead Avenue was served an enforcement notice in February 2016 by officers from Ealing Council’s planning enforcement […]

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Waltham Forest ‘Rent to rent’ landlord hit with massive fine after five-year case

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 19 Oct 2021

A pair of landlords who ran rent-to-rent scams across Waltham Forest have been fined £187,000 in a landmark ruling after a four-year legal battle including two judicial reviews. The fines – among the largest in the country – were imposed at a sentencing hearing at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on 29 […]

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Merton landlord found guilty and fined over £33,000 for unsafe and unlicensed property

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 13 Oct 2021

Merton Council has successfully prosecuted a private landlord and his associated property company for letting out an unsafe and unlicensed property, securing fines and costs in excess of £33,000. Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court heard the case against Pedro Reis Tenajas and London Corporate Relocation Ltd on Tuesday 21 September. Neither […]

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Wembley landlord ordered to pay £144,000 for renting out illegally converted properties

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 11 Oct 2021

The landlord of two properties in Wembley has been ordered to pay £144,000 for illegally converting properties into multiple rented units without planning permission. Ms Orofena St. John, built a number of extensions onto a family house in Clarendon Gardens, Wembley and converted the property into seven flats and two […]

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Shock as Westminster City Council ‘partially revoke’ their additional licensing scheme after just one month

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 01 Oct 2021

In a surprise move, Westminster City Council has decided to ‘partially revoke’ their borough wide additional licensing scheme that was launched on 30 August 2021. The changes to their property licensing scheme came into force today (1 October 2021). Before deciding to implement a borough wide additional licensing scheme, Westminster […]

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Lambeth Council’s additional licensing scheme comes into force on 9 December 2021

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Sep 2021

A borough wide additional licensing scheme covering all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Lambeth comes into force on 9 December 2021. The council estimate the scheme will cover around 5,000 HMOs, including house and flat shares, bedsits, and some buildings converted into flats. Smaller house and flat shares will […]

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Substantial rise in HMO licensing fees in Hillingdon

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Sep 2021

Research by London Property Licensing has found a substantial rise in HMO licensing fees in the London Borough of Hillingdon, with the biggest impact on landlords renewing an existing licence. For licence applications submitted before 1 April 2021, the HMO licence application fee was £980. Landlords renewing an existing HMO […]

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No more RROs against superior landlords – what next after the Court of Appeal’s decision in Rakusen v Jepson?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Sep 2021

The Court of Appeal has ruled that only the ‘immediate’ landlord of a tenant can be liable for a rent repayment order in the important decision Rakusen v Jepson. In the First-tier Tribunal, and then a second time in Upper Tribunal, the landlord’s argument that they could not be liable […]

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Still no decision on plans for selective licensing in Greenwich

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Sep 2021

During 2020, Greenwich Council consulted on plans for a selective licensing scheme covering all private rented homes in the Woolwich Common, Glyndon, Woolwich Riverside, Shooters Hill and Plumstead council wards. The consultation originally started in February 2020 but was paused the following month due to the deteriorating coronavirus pandemic (read […]

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Go Green’ grant assistance for Redbridge landlords

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 Sep 2021

Redbridge Council have written to property licence holders offering grant assistance to upgrade the energy efficiency of their private rented properties. It is an offence to let out a private rented home with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G, unless a statutory exemption applies. It is […]

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Landlord’s £5,000 penalty cancelled following successful appeal

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 22 Sep 2021

In Summer 2020, I was approached by a private landlord for advice. He was renting out a House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) in the south of England. He was an experienced landlord operating several properties in the local area, and well aware of licensing requirments. Following an inspection of the […]

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Enfield selective licensing scheme came into force on 1 September 2021

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 10 Sep 2021

Enfield Council’s new selective licensing scheme designed to make private renting fairer, and protect renters’ rights by improving housing conditions, tackling factors that make deprivation worse and addressing anti-social behaviour came into force on 1 September 2021. The selective licensing scheme covers an estimated 23,000 properties that are privately rented […]

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Westminster City Council’s additional licensing scheme comes into force on 30 August 2021

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 Aug 2021

A borough wide additional licensing scheme covering all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Westminster comes into force on 30 August 2021. The council estimate the scheme will cover around 9,000 HMOs, including house and flat shares, bedsits, and some buildings converted into flats. Smaller house and flat shares will […]

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Croydon Council to review options after permission for borough wide selective licensing scheme refused

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Aug 2021

From 2015 to 2020, Croydon Council ran a borough-wide selective licensing scheme covering all private rented homes. As reported by London Property Licensing earlier this year (read here), the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, refused permission for the council to introduce […]

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Have your say on plans for new property licensing schemes in Barnet

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 14 Aug 2021

Barnet Council has launched a public consultation on plans to introduce two new property licensing schemes. From 5 July 2016 to 4 July 2021, Barnet Council operated a borough wide additional licensing scheme. The licence scheme applied to most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) occupied by four or more people […]

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NRLA survey finds less than half of councils have issued any civil penalties in the last three years

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 13 Aug 2021

Over half of local authorities in England have not issued any civil penalties against rogue or criminal landlords in the last three years according to a new survey by the National Residential Landlords Association (NRLA). Since April 2017 councils across England have been able to issue civil penalties of up […]

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Fire safety developments in residential buildings

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 10 Aug 2021

The tragic loss of 72 lives in the Grenfell Tower disaster over 4 years ago brought fire safety in high rise residential buildings (HRRB) into sharp focus. The rapid spread of flames externally was a result of failings to the external wall system ACM and insulation cladding. The ongoing public […]

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Substantial fine for landlord of unlicensed HMO in Kensal Green

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 10 Aug 2021

A private landlord operating an unlicensed and overcrowded property in Kensal Green was recently hit with a fine of more than £21,000 by Willesden Magistrates’ Court. The property was the subject of numerous complaints from neighbours concerning anti-social behaviour at the unlicensed House in Multiple Occupation in Holland Road NW10. […]

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Is ‘rent-to-rent’ a doomed business model?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Jul 2021

There’s no question that ‘rent to rent’ is a risky business model, but many landlords are drawn to its promises of easy money and hassle-free letting. Rent-to-rent continues to be popular among landlords, especially in London. ‘Rent-to-rent’ is a way of letting properties where the owner grants a lease to […]

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Hackney car wash landlord fined after putting tenants lives at risk

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Jul 2021

A private landlord who allowed vulnerable tenants to live in appalling conditions without windows, proper washing facilities or fire safety measures at a converted car garage has received a criminal conviction and a near £10,000 court fine following an investigation by Hackney Council. Thames Magistrates Court heard how Mehmet Gurcuoglu, […]

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Camden secures first injunction against private landlord to stop illegal eviction of tenants

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Jul 2021

Camden Council has become the first local authority to secure an anti-social behaviour injunction against a private landlord in order to protect private tenants from illegal eviction and harassment. The Council secured the injunction against Mohammed Ali Abbas Rasool, 29, of Manor House Drive NW6 7DF, at The Royal Courts […]

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Tower Hamlets Council vary their selective licensing scheme designation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 Jul 2021

In May 2021, London Property Licensing reported that a replacement selective licensing scheme had been approved covering the west side of Tower Hamlets. The scheme will come into force on 1 October 2021 to coincide with the ending of the current scheme (read here). Exemption for certain student accommodation blocks […]

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Two property licensing schemes starting soon in Harrow

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Jul 2021

Two new property licensing schemes will be starting soon in the London Borough of Harrow. Harrow Additional Licensing Scheme At a Cabinet meeting on 29 April 2021, Harrow Council approved plans for a borough wide additional licensing scheme that will extend licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation. The previous […]

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Barking & Dagenham landlords ordered to pay over £250,000 in civil penalties

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 07 Jul 2021

Fines totalling more than a quarter of a million pounds were issued to private landlords in Barking and Dagenham last year. Offences included failing to have a licence, ignoring enforcement notices, and operating illegal houses in multiple occupation (HMOs). Barking & Dagenham Council operates borough wide mandatory HMO and selective […]

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Additional licensing in Barnet has ended, but new consultation coming soon

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Jul 2021

An additional licensing scheme that covered most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the London Borough of Barnet ended on 4 July 2021. The borough wide scheme, which started on 5 July 2016, had extended licensing to most HMOs occupied by four or more people, plus some section 257 HMOs. […]

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Confusion over electrical safety regulations leads to threat of enforcement action

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Jun 2021

I was recently asked for advice by a long standing client who operates a small portfolio of private rented properties. The landlord’s query related to a small HMO in a London Borough. I was familiar with the property as I had inspected it several years earlier. A property licence had […]

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Tsunami of licensing announcements for London’s private rented sector

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Jun 2021

A tsunami of licensing announcements has engulfed London’s private rented sector, adding to the regulatory complexity and challenge facing the lettings industry. Licensing Consultations On Monday 28 June, a property licensing consultation ended in the London Borough of Southwark. Their previous licensing schemes ended on 31 December 2021. The council […]

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Selective licensing consultation underway in Haringey

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 24 Jun 2021

Haringey Council have launched a public consultation on plans for a new selective landlord licensing scheme. Since 27 May 2019, the council has operated a borough wide additional licensing scheme covering all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that were not already licensable under the mandatory HMO licensing scheme. That scheme […]

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Mitcham landlord prosecuted for operating unlicensed HMO with inadequate fire precautions

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 14 Jun 2021

Merton Council has successfully prosecuted a Mitcham landlord for renting out an unauthorised and unsafe House in Multiple Occupation (HMO). At a hearing in Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on 4 May, Daniella Mbachu, who owns property in Hill Road in Mitcham, was found guilty of failing to apply for an […]

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Government refuse permission for new selective licensing scheme in Croydon

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Jun 2021

In a dramatic announcement, the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has refused Croydon Council’s application for borough wide selective licensing. The news, shared on the Inside Croydon website is sure to come as a disappointment for Croydon Council. Croydon Council operated […]

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Property licensing consultation underway in Hammersmith and Fulham

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Jun 2021

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched a public consultation on plans for new property licensing schemes. Since 5 June 2017, the council has operated a borough wide additional licensing scheme plus a selective licensing scheme covering part of the borough. The current schemes end on 4 June 2022. The existing […]

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Camden property agents banned from operating in the private rented sector

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 May 2021

Camden Council has secured banning orders against rogue property agents who were previously fined over £70,000 for letting an unlicensed and unsafe home in King’s Cross. Simple Properties Management Ltd and the company’s Director, Miguel Cabeo Cespedes, 50, of Windsor Ave, SW19, were given banning orders prohibiting them from letting […]

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Have your say on plans for new property licensing schemes in Ealing

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 May 2021

Ealing Council has launched a public consultation on plans for new property licensing schemes to make private renting in the borough safer and better. Since 1 January 2017, the council has operated a borough wide additional licensing scheme plus a selective licensing scheme covering part of the borough. The additional […]

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Tower Hamlets Council approve new selective licensing scheme with an unusual exemption for some student accommodation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 24 May 2021

At a Cabinet meeting on 28 April 2021, Tower Hamlets Council approved plans for a replacement selective licensing scheme in the west of the borough. A selective licensing scheme was previously implemented on 1 October 2016 and continues until 30 September 2021. The current scheme extends licensing to all private […]

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Richmond landlord prosecuted for breach of Prohibition Order

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 17 May 2021

A private landlord has recently been prosecuted by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames after failing to comply with a Prohibition Order served on their private rented flat. The Council’s Private Sector Housing Team acted against East Sheen Estates Limited after responding to complaints of poor housing conditions in […]

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Will private landlords be forced to join a ‘redress scheme’?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Apr 2021

In England property managers and letting agents are required to be a member of a ‘redress scheme’. A redress scheme is an independent body set up to resolve complaints made by consumers against a member of the scheme. Landlords and agents who have complained to an agent can escalate their […]

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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea consulting on plans for new landlord licensing scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 27 Apr 2021

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea has launched a public consultation on plans to implement an additional landlord licensing scheme. Since 2006, the council has only operated the mandatory HMO licensing scheme which is restricted to most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) occupied by five or more people. According […]

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Refusal of mandatory HMO licence overturned on appeal

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 Apr 2021

In Spring 2020, I was approached by a private landlord for advice. He was renting out a two storey House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) that required a mandatory HMO licence. He wanted to achieve compliance and had submitted an HMO licence application in May 2019. In late February 2020, the […]

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Criminal Behaviour Order issued to Dagenham landlord

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 19 Apr 2021

Two landlords of a property in Dagenham have been ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £61,057.05 after they were prosecuted for multiple housing offences. Mr John Renvoize and Mr Dedar Shah, owners of a seven bed property on Third Avenue in Dagenham, were ordered to pay the fines following […]

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Failure to apply for HMO licence results in prosecution for two Hammersmith & Fulham landlords

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 10 Apr 2021

Two private landlords have been convicted after pleading guilty to renting out shared houses without the correct licence. In both cases, the breaches were discovered after tenants reported problems with their accommodation to the council. The owner of a property in Rosaline Road, off Munster Road in Fulham, was fined […]

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Southwark Council consulting on plans for new additional and selective licensing schemes

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 19 Mar 2021

Southwark Council has launched a public consultation on plans to implement new additional and selective landlord licensing schemes. The previous licensing schemes were introduced on 1 January 2016 and operated for five years. Both schemes ended on 31 December 2020 (read here). According to Southwark Council, the new licensing schemes […]

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Landlord ordered to pay nearly three quarters of a million pounds for renting out illegally converted properties in Willesden

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 15 Mar 2021

A Crown Court judge has ordered a private landlord to pay back £739,263.58 in illicit earnings made from overcrowded properties in Willesden. It is believed to be the largest such order for a planning breach made anywhere in the country so far this year. The court order was made against […]

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Derelict warehouse in Brent transformed into new homes for local people

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 05 Mar 2021

A derelict warehouse has been transformed into state-of-the-art homes for Brent residents with the help of a grant from the council’s empty property team. Narayan Mews in Willesden now boasts 13 new houses with top quality facilities and furnishings, which will soon be home to local people who would otherwise […]

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Tenants’ Rent Repayment Order applications dismissed by Tribunal

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 04 Mar 2021

In late 2020, I was approached by a landlord for advice. Four tenants living in a private rented property in Charlton, South East London, had submitted Rent Repayment Order (RRO) applications to the First-tier Tribunal. Directions had been issued and they needed professional advice. I carried out an in-depth case […]

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HHSRS national survey launched today: have your say!

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 03 Mar 2021

The Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) was developed in the 1990s and has been in place for approximately 15 years. In that time, building technology and knowledge about risks and hazards in buildings have advanced. The HHSRS is a tool for assessing risk relating to health and safety […]

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Court imposes substantial fine on two Waltham Forest landlords

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 02 Mar 2021

Two Waltham Forest landlords have been given fines totalling £135,000, excluding additional costs and surcharges, for failing to maintain their privately rented homes and failing to license their properties. At a hearing at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Monday 1 February 2021, Mr Mohammed Bhatti, aka Mohammed Muqeem Amin, 70, sole […]

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Harrow Council consulting on plans to renew additional and selective licensing schemes

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Feb 2021

Harrow Council is consulting on plans to renew their selective licensing scheme that was introduced in the Wealdstone ward in June 2016. The current scheme ends on 31 May 2021. Harrow Council is also consulting on plans to renew their borough wide additional licensing scheme. The current scheme was introduced […]

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Paper determination’ process is not a fair way to determine criminal guilt says Upper Tribunal

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Feb 2021

To make a rent repayment order or uphold a financial penalty on appeal, the First-tier Tribunal has to be satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that a criminal offence has been committed. Cases in the tribunal will not result in a criminal conviction, but a finding that a landlord or agent has […]

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Hackney landlords fined £22,000 for letting out unlicensed and unsafe property

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 24 Feb 2021

Rogue landlords who illegally let a Clapton property without providing proper washing facilities or tackling serious fire hazards have been fined after a Hackney Council prosecution. Landlords Ella Louise Hill and Tyrone Bhahari Jnr were fined more than £22,000 after letting out the property on Durrington Road E5, without following […]

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New selective licensing scheme given the green light in Edgware

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 24 Feb 2021

At a Cabinet meeting on 21 January 2021, Harrow Council approved plans for a replacement selective licensing scheme in the Edgware council ward. A selective licensing scheme was previously implemented in the Edgware ward on 7 December 2015. The scheme ran for five years and ended on 6 December 2020. […]

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Still time to take part in Lambeth Council’s additional licensing consultation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 21 Feb 2021

A public consultation on plans to implement an additional HMO licensing scheme in Lambeth started on 18 December 2020 and continues until Friday 12 March 2021. As part of the consultation exercise, the council have published an 82 page report explaining the background to the proposal and giving more information […]

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Tower Hamlets landlords fined for breaching prohibition order on unsafe property

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 21 Feb 2021

Two men have been ordered to pay almost £8,000 for renting out flats in a property in East Mount Street, E1, in defiance of regulations designed to keep tenants safe. A Prohibition Order came into force in September 2015 prohibiting the East Mount Street premises from being used for residential […]

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Islington additional and selective licensing schemes started on 1 February 2021

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 04 Feb 2021

New additional and selective landlord licensing schemes came into force in the London Borough of Islington on 1 February 2021. The new licensing schemes were approved at Islington Council’s executive meeting on 19 March 2020 but scheme implementation was delayed due to the pandemic. The council previously operated a small […]

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Westminster City Council extend their additional licensing consultation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 31 Jan 2021

On 19 November 2020, Westminster City Council launched a public consultation on plans to implement an additional licensing scheme for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). The consultation was due to run until 11 February 2021 (read here). On 28 January 2021, Landlord Licensing and Defence highlighted that the link […]

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Croydon landlord prosecuted for breaching prohibition order after tenant found living in a converted bank vault

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Jan 2021

A landlord who let out a former bank vault as an illegal and dangerous flat has been ordered to pay over £9,400 and will be added to a London list of rogue landlords after being convicted of housing offences. At Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Friday 15 January, District Judge Nigel […]

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Havering additional and selective licensing schemes started on 25 January 2021

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 25 Jan 2021

New additional and selective landlord licensing schemes came into force in the London Borough of Havering on 25 January 2021. The new licensing schemes were approved at Havering Council’s cabinet meeting on 14 October 2020. Whilst landlords were offered a 50% fee discount for selective licence applications during the early […]

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Pause routine electrical inspections and new property licensing schemes

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 21 Jan 2021

To help control the spread of coronavirus, safeagent, the UK’s leading not-for-profit accreditation scheme for lettings and management agents, is calling for a pause in the implementation of new electrical safety regulations, and new property licensing schemes. Although visiting rented properties to prepare licence applications and undertake routine electrical testing […]

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High Court rules on possession notices and deposit certificates given by company landlords

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 19 Jan 2021

The High Court recently handed down its decision in Northwood Solihull Ltd v Fearne & Ors [2020] EWHC 3538 (QB). This is an important case for corporate landlords as it explores the requirements for companies when signing notices seeking possession and deposit prescribed information certificates. In the case the judge, […]

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Southwark Council’s additional and selective landlord licensing schemes have ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 04 Jan 2021

Additional and selective licensing schemes in the London Borough of Southwark ended on 31 December 2020. The two licensing schemes came into force on 1 January 2016 and have been in force for the last five years. The additional licensing scheme extended licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) […]

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Westminster City Council consult on plans to license all Houses in Multiple Occupation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 22 Dec 2020

Westminster City Council have launched a public consultation on plans to implement an additional licensing scheme for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the borough. The proposed scheme would extend licensing to an estimated 9,000 HMOs. This would include house and flat shares, bedsits, and certain buildings converted into […]

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Harrow Council’s selective licensing scheme in Edgware has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Dec 2020

A selective licensing scheme that applied to all private rented properties in Harrow Council’s Edgware ward has ended today (6 December 2020). The five year licensing scheme came into force on 7 December 2015 and was the first of three selective licensing schemes implemented in the borough. The other two […]

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Apply now for 50% discount on Havering selective landlord licensing fees

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 05 Dec 2020

Private landlords who act quickly and submit a selective licence application to the London Borough of Havering by 24 January 2021 are being offered a 50% discount, London Property Licensing can reveal. On 14 October 2020, Havering Council’s cabinet agreed to implement new additional and selective licensing schemes covering part […]

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Financial Penalties – not limited to just landlords and agents?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 26 Nov 2020

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 introduced a power for local authorities to impose fines of up to £30,000 on landlords and agents who commit a ‘relevant housing offence’ under section 249A(2) of the Housing Act 2004. These civil penalties, alongside banning orders and enhanced rent repayment orders, have changed […]

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Harrow Council decide to rerun their additional licensing consultation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 23 Nov 2020

Research by independent housing consultancy London Property Licensing has discovered an additional licensing consultation recently undertaken by Harrow Council. The council’s existing borough wide additional licensing scheme, which applies to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), ends on 28 February 2021. Before a replacement licensing scheme can be introduced, there […]

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Mayor of London launches new property licence checker

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 18 Nov 2020

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today (18 November 2020) launched a new online tool to help private renters discover if their properly has been correctly licensed. The property licensing regime in London has become extremely complicated, with over thirty five additional and selective licensing schemes currently in force […]

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Crooked letting agents ordered to pay almost £100,000 in compensation following complex investigation by Islington Trading Standards

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 11 Nov 2020

Three letting agents who kept tenants’ rent payments instead of passing them on to the landlords have been ordered to pay almost £100,000 in compensation to their victims, marking the end of a long-running and complex investigation by Islington Council. The men, who also failed to refund deposits to private […]

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Brent Council drop plans for borough wide HMO planning restrictions

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 03 Nov 2020

In an unexpected development, research by London Property Licensing has identified a planning policy reversal by the London Borough of Brent. On 21 October 2019, Brent Council made a non-immediate House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights to convert a property from a single […]

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Tower Hamlets Council consulting on plans to renew their selective licensing scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 02 Nov 2020

Tower Hamlets Council is consulting on plans to renew their selective licensing scheme that was introduced in the west of the borough in October 2016. The current scheme is due to end on 30 September 2021. The council currently operates three property licensing schemes. In addition to the mandatory HMO […]

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Islington landlords fined £110,500 after housing tenants in dangerous and overcrowded conditions

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Oct 2020

Two landlords have been fined a total of £110,500 after being convicted of managing Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) with dangerous and sub-standard conditions, in a successful prosecution by Islington Council. Environmental Health Officers discovered a total of 35 breaches of the Management of Houses in Multiple Occupation Regulations at […]

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Why compliance is the best defence to a Rent Repayment Order claim

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 22 Oct 2020

In late 2019, I was instructed to assist a West Midlands landlord who had received a Rent Repayment Order (RRO) claim from one former and one current tenant. The case was being heard by the First-tier Tribunal, RRO applications had been lodged and Directions issued. The property was a two […]

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Southall landlord who breached planning rules ordered to pay £300,000 or face imprisonment

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 20 Oct 2020

A landlord from Southall who ignored six enforcement notices served by Ealing Council has been ordered to pay more than £300,000. On 23 September 2020, Salim Mussa Patel of Norwood Road, Southall appeared at Isleworth Crown Court for ignoring a total of six planning enforcement notices served on properties that […]

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Islington landlord defeats claim for £1 million confiscation order in the Court of Appeal

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Oct 2020

In the recent Court of Appeal case of The London Borough of Islington v Bajaj, we successfully defeated a Local Authority attempt to obtain a near £1 million confiscation order and maintained the original order that we had argued for in the Crown Court of just £200.00. We represented a […]

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Tooting rent to rent landlord faces prison sentence if he breaches banning order

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 06 Oct 2020

A rogue landlord who unlawfully rented out cramped and overcrowded bedsits and then bullied and harassed the tenants when they complained about the conditions, has been fined thousands of pounds and warned he’ll go straight to jail if he tries to rent out other properties. Balazs Stalter was prosecuted by […]

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Selective landlord licensing scheme in Croydon has ended

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 05 Oct 2020

A borough wide selective licensing scheme that extended licensing to all private rented homes in the London Borough of Croydon ended on 30 September 2020. When the scheme was introduced in October 2015, Croydon Council said it would help to address significant and persistent problems with anti-social behaviour and poor […]

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Westminster launches consultation on draft strategy to raise standards for tenants

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 29 Sep 2020

A new draft strategy has been launched by Westminster City Council to help protect tenants who rent privately and ensure they live in good quality and well managed properties. Westminster has the largest number of private rented properties in England with around 52,700 properties rented privately. This is 43% of […]

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Temporary Exemption Notices and the extended time period for Notices Seeking Possession

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Sep 2020

When a property is required to be licensed under the Housing Act 2004 but does not have a licence, in some circumstances the landlord or agent, may request a temporary exemption notice instead of applying for a licence. To do so, the landlord or agent must inform the local council […]

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Islington Council’s additional landlord licensing scheme has ended after five years

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 03 Sep 2020

An additional licensing scheme implemented by the London Borough of Islington in 2015 has ended after five years. The additional licensing scheme applied to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in Caledonian Road and Holloway Road and came into force on 1 September 2015. These licensing schemes cannot last for […]

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Enfield additional landlord licensing scheme comes into force today

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 01 Sep 2020

A new additional licensing scheme which includes most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the London Borough of Enfield has come into force today (1 September 2020). The council had wanted to implement a selective licensing scheme at the same time although it is understood that scheme has been delayed. […]

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New additional licensing scheme starts in Camden on 8 December 2020

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Aug 2020

Following a public consultation earlier this year (read here), Camden Council’s Cabinet have approved plans to renew their additional landlord licensing scheme. The current additional licensing scheme came into force on 8 December 2015 and ends on 8 December 2020. According to the council, 3,400 properties have been inspected and […]

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Can Selective Licence conditions require a landlord to attend a training course?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 12 Aug 2020

In March this year the Upper Tribunal considered an appeal brought by a landlord who objected to a condition in a selective licence. The landlord, Mr Berg, argued that Burnley Borough Council had no power to impose a requirement for him to attend training courses under the conditions of a […]

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Financial penalties of over £34,000 upheld following appeals by two Ilford landlords

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 11 Aug 2020

Two east London landlords have been stung with civil penalties of more than £34,000 for operating unlicensed Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) and breaching the HMO Management Regulations. Both cases were heard at the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) in central London after the landlords appealed against financial penalties imposed by […]

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Greenwich Council resume their selective licensing consultation

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 05 Aug 2020

A consultation seeking views on a proposed selective licensing scheme in the Royal Borough of Greenwich resumed on 23 July 2020. The consultation originally started on 17 February 2020 and was set to run until 26 April 2020. However, as reported by London Property Licensing, the consultation was paused due […]

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Barnet landlords and their letting agents fined £26,500 for rat and cockroach infested unlicensed HMO

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 Jul 2020

Two Barnet private landlords and their lettings agents will have to pay tens of thousands of pounds after allowing their tenants’ home to become infested with rats and cockroaches. Barnet Council’s enforcement officers found that the property in Highfield Avenue, Golders Green, had not been licensed as a House in […]

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Court of Appeal rules on law on gas safety certificates and section 21 notices

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 08 Jul 2020

On 18 June the Court of Appeal delivered its judgement in the eagerly anticipated case of Trecarrell House Limited v Rouncefield (2020) EWCA Civ 760. In a split decision, the Court confirmed that where a landlord has given the tenant a gas safety record (“GSR”) late, the s.21 notice will […]

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Failure to apply for an HMO licence results in £40,000 penalty for four Royal Greenwich landlords

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 07 Jul 2020

Since October 2017, it has been a legal requirement for all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the Royal Borough of Greenwich to be licensed. This includes house and flat shares occupied by three or more people who are not all related, even if they all move in together on […]

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How many wash hand basins are required in a licensed HMO?

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 03 Jul 2020

When the mandatory HMO licensing scheme came into force in April 2006, the government directed that in HMOs with five or more occupants, all units of living accommodation must contain a wash hand basin, unless there was already a sink. This highly prescriptive requirement was amended the following year by […]

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Harrow Council consulting on plans to renew Edgware selective licensing scheme

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 01 Jul 2020

Harrow Council is consulting on plans to renew their selective licensing scheme that was introduced in the Edgware ward in December 2015. The current scheme is due to expire on 6 December 2020. Harrow Council currently operates five property licensing schemes. In addition to the borough wide mandatory HMO licensing […]

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Ealing Council demolish illegal outbuilding and send landlord the bill

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 21 Jun 2020

A Southall landlord has been hit with a whopping bill after Ealing Council stepped in to knock down an illegal outbuilding at his property. Rapinder Kaur Sehajpal owes the council more than £16,000 for the demolition of the building, after he ignored requests to demolish it himself. The 45 square […]

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Hounslow additional licensing scheme starts 1 August 2020

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 17 Jun 2020

A new borough wide additional licensing scheme will come into force in the London Borough of Hounslow on 1 August 2020. Having withdrawn their proposed additional licensing scheme in September 2019 following the threat of legal challenge (read here), Hounslow Council undertook a second round of consultation from 18 October […]

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High Court confirm strict liability for operators of unlicensed HMOs

Author: Bumblebee Design | Date: 28 May 2020

The Divisional Court have delivered their judgment (read here) in the joined cases of R (Mohamed) v Waltham Forest LBC, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) intervening and R (Mohamed) v Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court, Waltham Forest LBC et al, Secretary of State for HCLG intervening [2020] […]

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