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Banning orders – how do they work?

Christi Scarborough looks at new powers available from 6 April 2018, and the circumstances under which private landlords or letting and management agents might end up subject to an order.

News headlines

May 17, 2018

CPS handed £325,000 monetary penalty after losing victim interview videos

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been hit with a £325,000 monetary penalty by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after it lost unencrypted DVDs containing recordings of police interviews.
May 17, 2018

Councils hail decision to cut maximum stakes for fixed odds betting terminals to £2

Councils have welcomed the government’s announcement that the maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals will be reduced from £100 to £2.
May 02, 2018

Uber to appeal as Brighton & Hove decides not to renew its licence

Ride-hailing service Uber has vowed to appeal after the licensing panel at Brighton & Hove City Council decided against renewing its private hire operator licence in the city.
May 02, 2018

Campaigners win permission for challenge to sexual entertainment licensing policy

A campaign group has won permission to take Sheffield City Council’s sexual entertainment licensing policy to judicial review.
Apr 26, 2018

IoL publishes guidance on suitability of applicants for taxi and PHV licences

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched guidance to assist local authorities making decisions about the suitability of applicants and licensees in connection with taxi and private hire driver, vehicle and operator licences.

Features and analysis

Recent changes to the s.182 guidance

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The Home Office has issued revised Guidance under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003. Is there anything of substance in the changes? Paddy Whur reports.

Agents of Change

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Will the introduction of an Agent of Change principle in planning succeed in protecting live music venues? The operation of other regimes in relation to licensing and statutory nuisance means this is far from certain, writes Michael Greig.

Selective licensing and conditions

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Jonathan Manning analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on selective licensing and the power of local authorities to impose conditions.

Context is king

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Tim Briton looks at how licensing authorities - and their lawyers - can reach the "right" decisions in the absence of specific guidance from the law.

Older articles

Apr 06, 2018

National database of rogue landlords goes live

A national database of landlords convicted of a range of housing, immigration and other criminal offences such as leasing overcrowded properties, fire and gas safety offences and unlawful eviction, has gone live.
Apr 05, 2018

Police force hit with £130k monetary penalty for losing rape victim interview

The Information Commissioner’s Office has imposed a £130,000 monetary penalty on Humberside Police after disks containing a video interview of an alleged rape victim went missing.
Apr 05, 2018

Supreme Court expedites key case on liability of social services authorities

The Supreme Court has expedited the hearing of a key case over the liability of social services authorities.
Mar 29, 2018

Agents of Change

Will the introduction of an Agent of Change principle in planning succeed in protecting live music venues? The operation of other regimes in relation to licensing and statutory nuisance means this is far from certain, writes Michael Greig.
Mar 28, 2018

Councils to be able to double council tax on homes left empty for 2+ years

Councils in England are to be allowed to charge double the rate of council tax on homes left empty for two years or more, under new legislation unveiled by the government.
Mar 27, 2018

More police and crime commissioners take on responsibility for fire and rescue

Three more police and crime commissioners (PCCs) have been handed responsibility for local fire and rescue services, the Home Secretary has confirmed.
Mar 26, 2018

Nightclub owner drops legal action over loss of operating licence

A chain of Birmingham music venues has conceded defeat in its battle with the city council over licensing.
Mar 16, 2018

Selective licensing and conditions

Jonathan Manning analyses an important Court of Appeal ruling on selective licensing and the power of local authorities to impose conditions.
Mar 16, 2018

Context is king

Tim Briton looks at how licensing authorities - and their lawyers - can reach the "right" decisions in the absence of specific guidance from the law.
Mar 01, 2018

Resident to crowd fund legal action over council policy on strip clubs

A local resident is trying to raise £5,000 through crowdfunding to challenge Sheffield City Council’s new policy on licensing sex entertainment venues, shops and cinemas.
Feb 28, 2018

Bar owner to pay £10k in fines and costs after breaching noise abatement notice

A bar and restaurant proprietor in Gosport who repeatedly breached a noise abatement notice has been ordered to pay more than £10,000 in fines and costs.
Feb 23, 2018

LGA calls for minimum £30k fine for rogue landlords

Rogue landlords who commit housing offences should be fined a minimum of £30,000 by magistrates as part of common sentencing guidelines to improve standards in the private rental sector, the Local Government Association has said.
Feb 16, 2018

When is a breach of tenancy “relevant”?

The High Court has considered the proper interpretation of s7 Housing Act 1988 in a recent appeal. Jane Talbot analyses the ruling.
Feb 15, 2018

Met Police to scrap borough model in favour of 12 basic command units

The Metropolitan Police Service is to replace its current 32 borough model by merging them into 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs).
Feb 09, 2018

The Agent of Change principle

What are the implications of the 'Agent of Change' principle? Gareth Hughes explains.
Feb 08, 2018

High Court judge quashes intended use policy for private hire drivers

A High Court judge has this week quashed Knowsley Borough Council's intended use policy for private hire drivers, which required them to sign a declaration that they intended to drive predominantly in its area.
Feb 08, 2018

Taxi licensing policy quashed

A North West council’s intended use policy for private hire drivers was quashed this week. Philip Kolvin QC explains why.
Feb 07, 2018

Review backs use of community protection notices over possessions of homeless

A review by Oxford City Council has supported its policy of using community protection notices (CPN) when piles of possessions are left by homeless people in public places.
Feb 02, 2018

Institute of Licensing consults on guidance on suitability of taxi, PHV applicants

The Institute of Licensing (IoL) has launched a consultation on proposed guidance on determining the suitability of applicants and licensees in the hackney and private hire trades.
Jan 15, 2018

DEFRA consults on allowing councils to fine people over fly-tipping

Local authorities could have the option of fining those whose waste ends up fly-tipped or illegally dumped rather than having to pursue them through the courts, under proposals put out for consultation by the Government today.

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