We consulted extensively on a proposal to introduce two new private rented property licensing schemes - additional licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and selective licensing.
The consultation was open to all, including residents, tenants, landlords, agents and businesses both inside and outside the borough. It ran for 13 weeks between 20 August and 29 November 2019, and is now closed.
The two proposed schemes aim to improve the housing conditions of private rented property and their management, reduce antisocial behaviour, and act on things that make deprivation worse, such as overcrowding.
You can view the consultation documents by visiting Mel Research.
We received 1,861 responses to the questionnaires, 794 from the online survey and 1,067 from the face to face survey. We also received feedback at four public meetings attended by 241 people, from 35 written responses submitted by interested parties and via ten stakeholder interviews.
There were high levels of support for the proposed licensing schemes and licence conditions (about 7 in 10 respondents), and just over half of the respondents found the proposed licence fees reasonable.
Overall by group, residents' responses were strongly supportive of the proposals (86% for selective licensing and 87% for additional HMO licensing), followed by private renting tenants' responses who were also strongly supportive (81% each for selective licensing and additional HMO licensing). Landlords' responses were generally opposed to the proposed selective licensing (18% agreed and 73% disagreed), and more than half were opposed to the additional HMO licensing scheme (30% agreed and 56% disagreed with additional HMO licensing).
Overall, the key outcomes of the public consultation were:
The feedback from the consultation was carefully considered and is detailed below. Following this consideration, we do not propose to change the proposed schemes or licence fees but are proposing some amendments to licence conditions. As a result of feedback, the changes we have made are:
Enfield Council's Cabinet considered and approved the additional licensing scheme.
Additional licensing will come into effect, borough-wide on 1 September 2020, for all HMOs that are privately rented and occupied by three or more persons forming two or more households sharing amenities under one or more tenancies.
Enfield Council's Cabinet considered and approved the selective licensing scheme.
Selective licensing of this scale requires the confirmation of the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). An application will be made for approval.