@Eric Newham Council licensing proposal are totally unnecessary. Compulsary licensing will target good landlords who volunteer themselves for licensing (and this face detailed scrutiny) rather than bad landlords who will continue to hide under the radar and evade attention for many years or indefinitely.
A license is just a piece of paper. All the laws covering landlord / tenant, already exist and they apply to ALL landlords.
Tenants are already protected by laws:
- The General Product Safety Regulations 2005,
- The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988,
- The Environmental Protection Act 1990
- Statutory Nuisance and Housing Health and Safety Rating System,
- Existing HMO legislation i.e. Part 7 of section 254 of The Housing Act 2004 and can refer issues to the Health and Safety Executive and the Fire and Community Safety Directorate of the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority.
Furthermore Tenants are protected by:
- Tenancy deposit legislation,
- The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977,
- The Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999,
- The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998,
- The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005,
- The Defective Premises Act 1972 and
- The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 etc.