London Borough of Croydon

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The public consultation on licensing in Croydon has now closed

Between Monday 16th December 2019 and Monday March 9th 2020 Croydon Council consulted on the proposal to introduce a new licensing scheme within the Borough.  The consultation has now closed and results are being analysed.

Background

In 2015 we introduced a borough-wide, 5-year landlord licensing scheme which will end on 30 September 2020. Following a paper to cabinet in October we recently went out to consultation on proposals to continue to license private rented properties in Croydon. The consultation closed at 11.59pm on Monday 9 March.
Since the introduction of the current selective licensing scheme, a new law came in requiring councils to gain permission from government for any new landlord licensing schemes covering more than 20% of a borough. The proposed scheme must be supported by evidence for how it meets the criteria for landlord licensing.
Before making a decision about whether to submit our application to government, the Council ran a 12 week consultation to understand the views of its residents, businesses, private tenants, landlords and all other Croydon groups on the proposals and their possible impacts. 
The views of people from Croydon’s neighbouring boroughs were also welcomed.

Proposals for a new landlord licensing scheme in Croydon

Whilst the consultation has closed you can contact the Council for information on its progress with the proposals by:
emailing CPRPLconsultation@croydon.gov.uk or by telephone: 020 8760 5476 (answer phone)

Proposals for a borough-wide scheme

Our preferred option would be to continue our current approach and introduce a new selective licensing scheme to cover the whole of the borough, as most of Croydon has a higher proportion of private rented properties than the national average. Evidence from our current scheme also shows that there are significant issues with property conditions, home hazards and deprivation. In wards where the level of private renting is slightly lower than the national average, there is still evidence of anti-social behaviour that appears to be linked to privately rented properties.

Details of the proposals for a borough-wide scheme are on pages 23 to 26 of the consultation document

Proposals for a more limited scheme

We are also considering another option for a more limited scheme, covering around 97% of Croydon’s private rented sector but partially excluding some wards where the number of privately rented properties is lower than the national average. The scheme would include the 22 Croydon wards with high numbers of private rented properties, plus 16 small, specific pockets of high private renting areas in the remaining 6 wards.

This is not the preferred option, as there is concern this approach may cause displacement of problems in the private rented sector to areas not covered by a licensing scheme.

Details of the proposals for a more focussed scheme are on pages 20 to 22 of the consultation document.

 

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