I reported last year that Croydon were attempting to block-license all private sector landlords. This was delayed following a request for a judicial review by Croydon Property Forum, a group of small Croydon landlords who used as the basis of their request the fact that they felt the authority had not “taken reasonable steps” to consult all interested parties.
A ruling last December, following a case brought by a local landlord, was that Enfield had not consulted sufficiently. This halted licensing for the time being, but I had a feeling this would not be the last of it, that Croydon would appeal. They did and the case was heard on 4th August 2015.
Sir Stephen Silber QC, at the Royal Courts of Justice in London refused the application for the judicial review. Naturally, the deputy and cabinet member for home, regeneration and planning sees this as a way of raising housing standards and dealing with anti-social behaviour. As anticipated, the plans for borough-wide selective licensing will proceed from 1st October 2015.