Brighton & Hove’s 12 wards consultation for
Private Renting Reforms
The council has started a consultation on a new selective licensing system for 12 wards in the city. The means that all private rented properties in these wards will need to be licensed with the council if not already covered under HMO licensing.
The advantages for tenants are that it will no longer be down to the tenant to report poor property conditions to the council, something many tenants are reluctant to do for fear of losing their home. It will be the responsibility of the landlord to get the licence and the council to check that all the standards are being met. The conditions are not onerous, and cover the basic requirements that anyone should expect in their home, including insulation and heating, fire safety, a good standard of maintenance, space for refuse and recycling, amongst others
Inevitably many landlords are against the scheme and that’s why it’s so important that tenants have their say in the consultation so that their voices are heard.
Landlord licensing was called for in the council’s scrutiny report in 2015 and the Fairness Commission, and many bodies, including The Citizens Advice, have also recommended it. So please do respond. We welcome all comments and feedback on the detail as well.
The consultations close at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017.
Living Rent at the Kill the Bill protest at Westminster last Tuesday when the bill went back to MP’s to vote on amendments from the Lords…..
Unfortunately MPs voted to reject 13 amendments to the Housing Bill demanded by the House of Lords. They backed higher rents for people with a household income of £31,000 or more (£40,000 in London) and plans to make councils sell “high value” homes to pay off the deficit…
We will continue to lobby MP’s and Lords. If we all lobby them we have a chance to kill the housing bill!
Information on future protests organised by Kill the Bill campaign.
At the ‘Housing in Crisis’ meeting, we agreed to work together to fight against the decimation of social housing, soaring private rents and homelessness.
We know there are plenty of solutions to the problems but so far no political will. There is a determination to sell off what is left of social housing and an obsession with home ownership, most of which is beyond the reach of ordinary people.
Please come along on Wednesday and bring your ideas for a plan of action.
Living Rent meeting
Wednesday 4th of May at 7.30
The Edge Community Centre
83 Pankhurst Avenue
Fighting the Housing Bill – meeting in parliament Tuesday 3rd May
Write to MPs and Lords – 3 May to oppose the Housing Bill and attend the Kill the Housing Bill meeting in parliament on 3rd May. For details of this and other Kill-the-Bill events, throughout May and June check out Defend Council Housing website.
Tuesday 26th April
The Bevy Community Pub
With speakers from:
Love Activists Brighton
Living Rent Campaign
Defend Council Housing
Our housing rights are under attack – now more than ever before.
Over the past decades we have faced sky-high house prices, soaring rents
and now the social cleansing of our cities, with benefits for those in need capped and cut. There is less and less help for the increasing number who find themselves homeless. Deaths on the streets are becoming commonplace.
Why is it happening? And what can we do about it? Join in the discussion.
Meeting organised by Left Unity