Landlords Lose Appeal Against Selective Licencing In Kent

26 November 2012 Categories: News

Landlords Lose Appeal Against Selective Licencing In Kent

Thanet District Council in Kent has won a court case to introduce selective landlord licencing in two of its most problematic wards, Margate Central and Cliftonville West, despite an appeal by the Southern Landlords Association. The council agreed the proposal for selective licencing back in January 2011, following an extensive consultation run by the authority.

Later in the year however the Southern Landlords Association asked for a judicial review of the decision, saying that Thanet District Council had wrongly based their decision on ‘factual inaccuracies, irrelevant considerations and unsubstantiated assertions’.

At the High Court Hearing, which took place at the end of October this year, Mr Justice Cranston said the SLA had “failed to establish any error of law in the council’s assessment and designation of its Margate Central and Cliftonville West wards as a selective licensing area”.

Speaking on behalf of Thanet Council, cabinet member for housing and planning, Councillor David Green, said “The High Court decision is wonderful news for the people of Thanet, and I’m delighted with the ruling.

“The council is dedicated to the regeneration of Margate Central and Cliftonville West, and the selective licensing scheme represents a powerful legislative tool to help us do this. Throughout the process of High Court judgment, we’ve always been on the side of local people, and I’m very pleased that our stance has been vindicated.”

Understandably the SLA is said to be very disappointed and concerned with the verdict.