Join London Property Licensing and VTUK for a property licensing Twitter chat on Wednesday 16 May at 12 noon

Monday, May 14th, 2018 -

Property software providers, VTUK has joined together with specialist housing consultancy, London Property Licensing, to organise a property licensing chat being held on Twitter at 12pm this Wednesday 16 May. The chat will give landlords and agents an opportunity to pose their questions and queries about licensing to industry specialists.

With an influx of new local licensing schemes and changes to mandatory HMO licensing across England on the 1 October 2018, the chat’s been set up to help landlords and agents understand the licensing rules and achieve compliance.

VTUK and London Property Licensing have expressed concern that many agents and landlords remain unaware of their licensing responsibilities and risk falling foul of the law.

With changes to the licensing criteria, an estimated 160,000 extra properties will be brought within the scope of mandatory HMO licensing on the 1st October 2018, and in areas with additional or selective licensing, the licensing requirement can extend to smaller 3 or 4 person HMOs, or even single family lets. This Twitter chat provides the opportunity for property professionals to find out more, ask questions and keep their property business compliant.

Richard Tacagni, Managing Director of London Property Licensing went on to comment:

I think this Twitter chat is a great opportunity to raise awareness of property licensing requirements and help landlords and letting agents ensure they are complying with the law. Get things wrong and landlords could face prosecution and a hefty fine, or a civil penalty of up to £30,000. The compliance risks should not be underestimated, so it’s worth taking a few minutes to check which properties need to be licensed.

Peter Grant of VTUK also added:

We’re running our Twitter chat with London Property Licensing, so we can spread the message about how local authority licensing is impacting every agent and landlord across the UK. It’s essential to understand the requirements so they are compliant, that’s why we’ve put together this debate. We urge everyone to follow us @VTUK and get involved using #QuestionTribe.

The chat will take place at 12pm of Wednesday 16th May on VTUK’s Twitter page which can be found here and London Property Licensing Twitter page which can be found here. People are being encouraged to use the hashtag #QuestionTribe to follow the chat and share their thoughts.

For people who miss the Twitter chat but want to find out more, we have published a free guide to the property licensing rules across every London borough. To find out more, click on ‘Select Borough’ at the top of the page and choose the borough you are interested in.

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