Probably the most frequently asked question I have had in the last 2 weeks from my landlords and investors is
‘what is the CPRPL, how much will I be charged, is it official, and WHY is it going forward’.
As a landlord in any of the following areas, you must comply with the CPRPL. Failure to do so will cost you.
After reading through the official CPRPL (Croydon Private Rented Property Licence) website:
I have scraped out some interesting information for you…
What is the CPRPL and what are its intentions? (blurb taken from the above website)…
The council aims to use private rented property licensing to ensure that all privately rented properties are well managed. Most landlords do this already, however there are problems across the borough where a small minority of bad landlords neglect their management responsibilities. Furthermore a number of well-intentioned landlords are not aware of their responsibilities and in some cases absentee landlords may not be aware of problems their tenants are causing.
Arrangements must be in place for dealing with general tenancy issues and anti-social behaviour at the property.
Properties must also be suitable for the number of occupants and meet all the relevant health and safety regulations.
The council will be working with and exchanging information with other enforcement and regulatory authorities in order to administer and enforce licensing.
Licensing of private rented accommodation aims to ensure that:
• Anti-social behaviour is dealt with effectively;
• Tenants’ health, safety and welfare are safeguarded;
• Landlords are ‘fit and proper persons’ or employ agents who are;
• Adequate property and tenancy management arrangements are in place;
• Accommodation is suitable for the number of occupiers;
• All landlords and managing agents operate at the same minimum level of professional standards.
• The licence fee for a selective licence is £750 for up to five years, which is discounted to £350 for early registration and for Landlords who are applying on a newly built property.
This does not include conversions or any large scale refurbishments.
This is where the money is spent:
|Estimated total for 5 years
|Staff Costs – enforcement
|Staff costs – administration
|ASB/Noise team costs
Now, naturally, they have added a million and one clauses, which, as a landlord, you must agree to. I strongly recommend you going on their site to have a look, or you can give me a call on 0203 133 4332 and I can try and direct you to the correct path to what you are looking for. It is clear on how they will be eliminating bad landlords, and I believe they will slowly start to eliminate the bad agents too. Most landlords will turn to the agent for advice. If the agent has not educated themselves on the new laws and regulations, they will most likely be replaced with an Agent that does. Good thing that www.AppletonEstates.co.uk know what their are doing!! (cheeky plug right there!)
Here is one (of many) set of clauses..
4. Documents to be displayed
4.1. The licence holder shall display a copy of the licence to which these conditions apply in the
common parts of the property. Alternatively copies must be provided to all tenants/occupiers at the
start of their tenancy.
4.2. The licence holder shall display a notice with the name, address and emergency contact number
of the licence holder or managing agent in the common parts of the property. Alternatively copies
must be provided to all tenants/occupiers at the start of their tenancy and provided to the Council
within 28 days on demand.
4.3. The licence holder shall display a copy of the current gas safety certificate in the common parts of
the property. Alternatively copies must be provided to all tenants/occupiers at the start of their tenancy
and provided to the Council within 28 days on demand.
4.4. The licence holder shall display an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for all accommodation
for which EPCs are applicable at the end of the existing tenancy at the time the licence was dated and
issued. Alternatively copies must be provided to all tenants/occupiers at the start of their tenancy and
provided to the Council within 28 days on demand.
Now I am always reading up on the laws and regulations, so do feel free to pop in and we can have a discussion, or give me a call on 0203 133 4332.
Please also note that I am constantly updating this page, so add it to your bookmarks!
You should have a look at this site, as all of this information and more is found there and it is the official website in regards to the CPRPL.