Thu 24 Jul 2014
A legal challenge against a blanket licensing scheme has been mounted by a landlord.
The scheme has become a political hot potato in Enfield, north London.
Constantinos Regas has now applied for a judicial review of Labour-run Enfield Council’s decision to launch a mandatory licensing scheme covering every rented property in the borough.
Under the council’s scheme, every landlord will need to get a £500 licence lasting five years for each property.
Enfield argues that licensing is required to cut anti-social behaviour, tackle rogue landlords, raise standards and reduce overcrowding.
The scheme was given final approval by the council’s overview and scrutiny committee where a group of landlords made their protests after a petition signed by nearly 2,000 people.
The review challenges the scheme on three counts:
- The evidence supporting the decision
- The legitimacy consultation process
- The reasonableness of the terms and conditions.
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