Selective licensing enables LAs (local authorities) to extend the benefits of licensing beyond the mandatory licensable properties (large HMOs); it focuses on improving the management of privately rented properties accommodating single households. It is a discretionary scheme that empowers local authorities (LAs) to introduce licensing for all privately rented properties in a given area. The area must be an area of low housing demand or be experiencing significant problems with antisocial behaviour.
Irrespective of the property type, condition, type of tenants, if the property is located in an area that is, or is likely to become, an area of low housing demand; and that making a designation will, when combined with other measures taken in the area by the local housing authority, or by other persons together with the local housing authority, contribute to the improvement of the social or economic conditions in the area.
In deciding whether an area is, or is likely to become, an area of low housing demand a Local Housing Authority must take into account (among other matters)—
(a) the value of residential premises in the area, in comparison to the value of similar premises in other areas which the authority consider to be comparable (whether in terms of types of housing, local amenities, availability of transport or otherwise);
(b) the turnover of occupiers of residential premises;
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking
Under section 42 of the County Courts Act 1984 it is possible for the Court to transfer a matter from the County Court to the High Court for enforcement but leave (permission) of the Court is required first. The transfer time varies from court to court and can take up to 28 days, but normally takes far less. An application to seek permission can be made either at the time of making the possession claim or after possession has been ordered.