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Virtual forum for landlords to consult on two proposed licensing schemes

Published: Thu 1st October, 2020

Landlords in Charnwood are invited to a virtual forum to find out about and give their views on two proposed licensing schemes.

The borough Council is proposing to introduce two different licensing schemes for private landlords. The aim is to improve the quality of privately-rented accommodation and reduce its impact on the local community.

The event will be held online via the ZOOM platform on Monday, 5 October at 1.30 pm and you can sign up online. The event will be facilitated by DASH Landlord Accreditation.

One licensing scheme is for any house in multiple occupation (HMO) which does not already hold a mandatory licence; the other focuses on privately-rented accommodation within a designated area and aims to improve standards.

‘Additional licensing’ will require HMO landlords not covered by the mandatory scheme to apply for a licence. This scheme will cover all HMOs occupied by three or more unrelated persons and buildings converted into self-contained flats where they are occupied by tenants.

The second ‘selective licensing’ scheme requires all landlords operating within a designated area to licence their property. The Council is looking initially to introduce this scheme in the Hastings and Lemyngton wards in Loughborough.

There will be a range of conditions attached to each of the proposed licences which will last for five years.

Landlords will be responsible for paying for the licence and any income generated from the fees will only be used to cover the scheme’s running costs.

The online consultations are now open and will run until 23 October.

The Virtual Landlords Forum is being hosted by Charnwood Borough Council and is open to landlords to give their views on two proposed licensing schemes.

The forum will include representatives from the borough council, DASH, a joint-working initiative with local authorities, property owners and landlords and the National Residential Landlords Association.

To sign up to the forum, please visit the Eventbrite page.