CROYDON’S FINAL CALL FOR ‘CUT-PRICE’ LANDLORD LICENCE plus: LONDON HOMES TO BE SOLD OFF UNDER ‘RIGHT TO BUY’?
CROYDON’S FINAL CALL FOR ‘CUT-PRICE’ LANDLORD LICENCE
Private landlords wanting to save hundreds of pounds on a compulsory new licence to let property in Croydon are being reminded by the council to apply before 1 October.
Croydon say it has created the scheme to tackle bad landlords and raise housing standards in London’s most populous borough, with prosecution or fines for anyone caught breaking the rules.
“Thousands have already taken advantage of a £350 discounted licence launched on 1 July, with around 4,400 Croydon landlords signing up for more than 7,000 rented properties and another 2,900 applications in process” said the council in a statement.
Now the council is urging landlords who have not applied to do so before 1 October, which is when the scheme both becomes law and the average licence rises to £750 per property for five years.
Any private landlord caught renting out a property without a licence from 1 October can face fines of up to £20,000, while anyone breaking licence conditions can be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000.
Croydon’s deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning Cllr Alison Butler says: “Landlords who snapped up our discounted licence will only pay the equivalent of 19p a day over the five years, and I urge others to follow suit while they still can.
“This licence will be a benchmark of quality private rented housing that people can trust, especially as Croydon’s huge regeneration will make it an even more attractive place to live and invest.”
The council say most landlords applying from October will pay a one-off £750, but there will be a few exceptions such as those who are new to the sector or renting out new-build properties, who will pay £350 for the five-year period.
Those failing to meet their licence conditions may have to pay £750 each year. All applicants must prove they are fit and proper.
The council’s cabinet approved the scheme in March in response to a rise in privately-rented properties, with negative consequences including antisocial behaviour and poor-quality homes.
For more information on the scheme or to apply for a licence, visit: www.croydon.gov.uk/betterplacetorent (Source: Croydon council press release)
LONDON HOMES TO BE SOLD OFF UNDER ‘RIGHT TO BUY’?
Responding to analysis by Shelter showing that over 60,300 of council homes in London face being sold off under government plans to extend Right to Buy, Labour London Assembly transport spokesman Tom Copley said:
“Shelter’s research shows that London will be used as a cash cow to pay for huge Right to Buy discounts for people across the rest of the country. “London councils’ pockets should not be picked by the government to pay for a panicked election promise.
“Decimating London’s social housing is not a practical or effective way to boost home ownership.
“Forcing councils to part with such a sheer number of homes will do nothing to help the capital’s growing housing crisis. “It will only make affordable housing increasingly scarce and the dream of homeownership increasingly unattainable.
“If we’re serious about ending the capital’s chronic housing shortage then we need to be building 49,000 new homes a year in London over the next couple of decades.
“This should be the government’s absolute focus – instead they appear intent on removing a lifeline for the many London families on the brink of housing poverty” added Mr Tom Copley,a Londonwide Assembly Member. (Source: GLA Labour party press release)