Regional News Victoria Barker 19/08/2020

Landlords urged to respond to local licensing consultations

The NRLA is urging landlords to make their views heard on plans to introduce licensing schemes in a number of towns and cities across the country. 

Several local authorities are currently consulting on licensing plans. The NRLA aims to respond to all local authority licensing consultations, and is urging members to respond to consultations that affect them. 

Liverpool (consultation closes on 26th October)

In Liverpool, the council launched a twelve week consultation earlier this month on a plan to introduce a selective licensing scheme. The scheme would cover 16 out of 30 wards in the city and be introduced next summer. 

As some NRLA members will be aware, this is the second time the council has consulted on licensing plans in as many years.

Last year, Liverpool City Council consulted on plans to renew a city wide selective licensing scheme for another five years, after it expired in March 2020. While the council's cabinet approved the plans,  the proposals were blocked by the Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick in January. According to the council this was because of a lack of evidence included in the proposals to show low housing demand across the city.

To read more about the proposals and have your say, click here. 


A selective licensing consultation in the Royal Borough of Greenwich has resumed after it was put on hold due to the coronavirus. The consultation focuses on plans to extend licensing to all privately rented properties in Woolwich Common, Glyndon, Woolwich Riverside, Shooters Hill and Plumstead council wards. It will close on 10th September. Have your say on the plans here.

Recent NRLA licensing responses

In the last month the NRLA has responded to several local licensing consultations. 

This includes consultations in Durham, the London Borough of Harrow and Denbighshire. 

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker Communications Officer

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the NRLA.

She is responsible for producing articles for our news centre, the weekly e-newsletter, and manages and creates content for the association’s social media channels. She also contributes to our members magazine, Property.

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