Selective licensing


Poor housing can damage our health – that’s why it needs licensing

Posted on December 11th, by Dan Wilson Craw in Economics & Business. 2 comments

Dan Wilson Craw explains why basic checks are vital for good housing – just like everything else

Think about the essentials you spend your money on. Food, transport, water, electricity: we all need them and when we part with our cash, we don’t expect them to harm us. They rarely do, because they’re all regulated – it would be unthinkable for a restaurant to serve … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Generation Rent, Opportunity Croydon, and a visit from Cameron

Posted on December 11th, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 1 Comment

Tom Black looks at landlord licensing, political figleaves and how the powers that be are waking up to the Croydon-tech link

Generation Rent comes to Croydon

With the media circus of Fieldgate (or pantomime, as the Advertiser wittily put it last week) dominating headlines recently, you’d be forgiven for forgetting the council is on the verge of introducing selective landlord licensing.

But it’s coming – … Read More »



The winners and losers of Selective Landlord Licensing

Posted on December 2nd, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. 2 comments

As Croydon Council revises its proposal for a Selective Landlord Licensing scheme, former tenant and current landlord Robert Ward takes a look

Whether you call it ‘Selective Landlord Licensing’ or, like Croydon Central’s Tory MP Gavin Barwell, you call it ‘the tenant tax’, if you rent from a private landlord: take notice. Depending on who you believe, the proposal by Croydon’s Labour council will either … Read More »



Private rented housing: a landlord’s view

Posted on November 14th, by Robert Ward in Economics & Business. No Comments

Robert Ward uses a hypothetical property in Addiscombe to demonstrate the life of a private landlord in Croydon

Private rented housing is increasingly important to Croydon. In 2011, more than one-in-five Croydon households were privately rented, compared to only one-in-ten twenty years earlier. In some wards, such as Fairfield, it is one-in-three.

Yet the sector is poorly understood and plagued by cliché. Landlords are … Read More »



The Public Gallery: Barwell and Jones at odds over selective licensing

Posted on October 2nd, by Tom Black in Politics & Society. 8 comments

Tom Black looks at the politics around a council policy dividing the two contenders for Croydon’s only marginal parliamentary seat

Selective licensing: a beginners’ guide

Croydon Council, led by Labour as of May of this year, wants to do something about what it sees as the problem of unlicensed landlords in the borough. It has decided to introduce a ‘selective licensing’ scheme – landlords … Read More »