The licensing scheme will commence from 1st October 2015 and apply to all private landlords in the borough. There is a charge of £750 per property for a 5 year licence, which will be discounted to £350 during an early registration period commencing 1st July, to encourage landlords to comply. Landlords renting a property in the Borough without a licence could be liable for a fine of up to £20,000, whilst those breaching a condition of the licence could be fined up to £5,000. The scheme also provides the Council with additional powers including the right to inspect the property.
Applications will need to be made online through the â€œMy Accountâ€ system on Croydon Council's web-site. Paper forms will not be used for this scheme according to the Council's project manager Jo Hawker
A number of local landlords have formed an action group with the intention of making a legal challenge to this decision, ahead of its implementation. Martin & Co Croydon are able to put landlords interested in helping with funding in touch with the action group.
Further information will apparently be published on a dedicated webpage www.croydon.gov.uk/betterplacetorent which is should be regularly updated or the contact details for the Council are as follows:
The Private Sector Housing Standards and Enforcement Team
Bernard Weatherill House
3rd Floor Zone D
8 Mint Walk
or e-mail HSGfirstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 0208 760 5476
Jo Hawker (extension 62685).