Enfield Council's "unfair" landlord licensing scheme

24th July 2014

Enfield Council's

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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