Victory for landlords as Government withdraws permission for local authority’s licensing scheme
Brighton and Hove City Council has lost permission to introduce a selective landlord licensing scheme that was due to go live in February.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government had approved a selective licensing scheme for the local authority in September, but this is now being reconsidered following opposition from south-east landlord association iHowz.
Local landlords had written to both Brighton and Hove City Council and the Government describing the selective licensing scheme as unlawful.
A statement from iHowz said: “We took this action because we felt the decision to license some 27,000 rental properties was unlawful, unnecessary and not justified by the evidence provided, and would almost certainly lead to rent increases for many private sector tenants in Brighton.