A South London council has extended house in multiple occupation (HMO) selective licensing consultation deadlines.
The new time limit in Croydon, South London, is thought to be as a result of a successful legal challenge against a similar scheme in Enfield, North London late last year.
The new deadline is March 2, 2015.
Croydon says the scheme will cover up to 30,000 private rented homes in the borough.
Landlords affected can read more about the consultation on the council’s web site
HMO licensing is also causing issues in Dundee, where the city council was recently ordered to grant a licence which had previously been declined on grounds the licence holder was not a ‘fit and proper’ person.
A number of licences are under dispute between the council and an unidentified company, referred to as ‘J’ in court papers.
The city council is also undertaking a major review of HMO licensing policy.
Councillor Stewart Hunter, who chairs the HMO licensing committee said: “We will continue to look at HMOs on an individual basis to ensure that residents don’t cause any problems.
“We are well aware that if you look at the number of HMOs in Dundee, versus the number we have problems with, that it is a tiny minority who cause problems.”
A new selective licensing regime for Brent, North London, is now up and running.
The scheme covers Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green, where all private rented homes need a licence, while small HMOs in the rest of the borough also need a licence under an additional licensing scheme.
Confused landlords should visit the council web site for more details of how both the scheme work.
Licensing costs are unclear at this stage, but are believed to be £500 for five years plus extra costs depending on the number of rooms in a home in an additional licensing neighbourhood.