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Future of London map showing property licensing schemes in London, March 2015

Future of London launch new report on property licensing in London

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

An important new briefing note on property licensing in London has been published today (15 April 2015) by Future of London, an independent not-for-profit policy network focused on the challenges facing regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners in London.

Private Sector Licensing: Policy and Practice is aimed at helping London boroughs make sense of the shifting landscape of private-rented property licensing. The paper includes a summary of policy changes, as well as a step-by-step guide to planning and implementing a scheme.

The briefing paper provides the most definitive and up to date guide to madatory HMO, additional and selective licensing schemes in London and reflects the legislative changes introduced by government in March 2015 - the widening of the selective licensing criteria and the requirement for Secretary of State approval for any new scheme that exceeds the 20% rule - i.e. if it covers more than 20% of the borough or includes more than 20% of private rented properties.

The Future of London briefing note, prepared with support from London Property Licensing, is a useful guide to anyone with an interest in the London rental market and a copy can be downloaded from here.

Editors Note

The London property licensing map inserted above has been produced with kind permission from Future of London and cannot by used by others without their strict consent.