Syrian Refugees Are Welcome!
An emergency meeting of the Executive of Enfield Landlords on Monday 07 September 2015 agreed to ask members to provide 300 houses or flats to house Syrian refugees.
The refugee crisis is the greatest moral challenge of our time and Enfield Landlords cannot simply fold their hands whilst this tragedy unfolds.
We declare that refugees are welcome in the London Borough of Enfield and are willing to provide housing from the housing stock of private Landlords in the Borough to help contain this crisis! We support the Government's initiative to accept 20,000 refugees into the United Kingdom and urge all our members to sign up to the scheme to house refugees from Syria.
Enfield Council Persists In Pursuing Licensing Of Private LandLords In The Borough But The Housing Minister: Brandon Lewis MP Has Rejected Their Application For Permission
Some people never listen and others never learn! But why Enfield Council is behaving so spitefully, nobody can explain. They have lost the matter at the High Court and now the Minister of State for Planning & Housing has refused to give his permission for Enfield Council to re-start the consultation process on licensing all over again.
Landlords may need to mobilise again against Enfield Council if they do NOT STOP wasting taxpayers' money by pursuing their misconceived scheme to raise money from private Landlords in the Borough of Enfield under the guise of licensing.
The High Court Rules Against Licensing Of Private Landlords In Enfield.
An Enfield Landlord has won the case he brought against Enfield Council via a Judicial Review that was heard on 26 November 2014 at the Royal Courts of Justice. Judgment was passed on 11 December 2014 by His Honour Judge McKenna.
The Judgment of HHJ McKenna can be found HERE.
Judge McKenna quashed Enfield Council’s proposal to commence additional and selective licensing in the borough. This would have required all private rented property in the borough to be licensed from 1 April 2015.
In the judgment, HHJ McKenna stated that:
"The implementation and operation of an unlawful designation is a continuing unlawful act which could be challenged by an affected landlord or indeed any other claimant with the necessary standing. Alternatively any landlord could simply refuse at any time in the future to apply for a licence and rely on the ultra vires nature of the designation as a defence if prosecuted ”.
He found that Enfield Council had failed to consult the 6 surrounding boroughs, did not obtain the consent of the Secretary of State and did not consult for the required length of time.
"I conclude that the additional and selective licensing schemes were not lawfully designated, nor can they lawfully be implemented unless and until Enfield (a) conduct a lawful consultation as required by ss.56 and 80; and, (b) having done so, obtains approval for a lawfully designated scheme (whether specific confirmation from the Secretary of State or under the General Approval)."
HHJ McKenna also refused permission for Enfield to appeal against the decision.
Let us all hope that Enfield Council has learnt its lesson.
Enfield Landlords are conducting a study in the London Borough of Enfield to identify the drivers of anti-social behaviour in the borough. We would be grateful for your responses to the questions that we ask in the survey below:
Research question: Is there a link between tenure type of property and anti social behaviour in the London Borough of Enfield?
Missed Bin Collections
Enfield Landlords are consulting Landlords and tenants on the issue of missed bin collections all across the borough. Neighbourhoods are blighted by the plethora of missed bin collections and the intransigence of refuse collectors and their managers in addressing the issue. Householders are continuously at war with refuse collectors, causing the breakdown of social cohesion in our once peaceful communities. In the past year alone, there has been 59 reports in the local newspapers on this matter.
As our elected Councillors are quite ineffective in dealing with this matter, the Enfield Landlords Organisation is NOW CONDUCTING A SURVEY on whether to call for the privatisation of refuse collection in the London Borough of Enfield.