Landlords lose three year legal battle plus Early Bird Discount extension for Private Landlords

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Early bird discount extended due to COVID-19

Property Licensing couple with keys to new home

The Council’s Selective Licensing scheme started on Friday 1 May 2020.

Most rented properties in the borough now need to be licensed to be legally rented out.

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Early Bird Special

We are aware of the difficult time tenants and landlords are facing due to Covid-19 so we have extended the Early Bird discount until the end of October.

The Council will discount licence applications by £250 if made by Saturday 31 October 2020

The discount applies to Selective and Additional Licences. The fee is payable in two parts.

There is no discount on applications for a mandatory HMO licence and these should be made without delay.

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Landlords lose three-year legal battle

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Landlords who bought two judicial reviews against Waltham Forest Council after being given Court summonses for failing to license some of their multiply occupied properties have lost their case in a landmark ruling.

Husband and wife Lahrie Mohamed and Shehara Lahrie, directors of multiple property companies who own hundreds of properties in the borough, were first summonsed to Magistrates’ Court in early 2017 after the Council found a number of their properties were occupied as houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and thus required HMO licences under the Housing Act (2004).

At that time, an HMO licence was required where the house had three or more floors and was let privately to five or more tenants who were not part of the same family. 

After considering the arguments, Lord Justice Dingemans found for the Council on all counts and dismissed the Judicial Reviews.

Following the Judgment, and subject to a further appeal by the landlords to the Supreme Court, the criminal case against Lahrie Mohamed and Shehara Lahrie will now proceed to trial.

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