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Borough wide licensing of landlords given go ahead by High Court

Published Friday, 03 October 2014

At the hearing of the application for permission to challenge the Council’s decision to introduce licensing of landlords, Senior Administrative Court Judge Mr Justice Ouseley concluded that both the Council’s evidence base and its decision-making process as regards licensing of single family privately rented accommodation was robust and sound when rejecting as unarguable the legal challenge to that decision in the High Court today (Friday 3 Oct).

The Judge acknowledged that it would be lawful for the Council’s decision on borough-wide selective licensing to be implemented. The Judge commended the Council on its thorough report and the care it had taken to consider the evidence and the consultation of local residents it had undertaken.

The judge did give permission for a limited challenge to the additional licensing of homes in multiple occupation not subject to mandatory licensing to be scheduled for hearing before the court before the end of November.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener, Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Regeneration, said: “This is an important victory for Enfield Council, and tenants because this scheme will help improve standards in private sector rented accommodation, drive down anti-social behaviour  and enable the council to take action against landlords who do not meet the required standards. “

The matter with respect of additional licensing remains sub judice until the forthcoming court hearing.

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