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.

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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.