[Update 15 April 2014: Scroll down to comments for a more detailed explanation of why the statistical report is flawed.]
The basis for Enfield Council’s private rented sector licensing proposal is quantitative research conducted by Mayhew Harper Associates (MHA/NKM), which has attempted to establish a link between the private rented sector and anti-social behaviour. This has been combined with qualitative research (focus groups etc.) run by Opinion Research Services (ORS) to identify the need.
[Update 15 April 2014: Cllr Edward Smith, a Conservative who chairs Enfield Council’s housing scrutiny panel, has confirmed that the cabinet’s decision will be called in for consideration by the Overview & Scrutiny committee. Given that the committee (and the full council) has a Labour majority, the decision can only be overturned if the Labour councillors can be persuaded that the evidence base for the policy is flawed.]
Enfield Council wants to license private rented sector properties (and private landlords) in order to tackle anti-social behaviour. Is the council justified in taking this action?
The Council’s Cabinet has approved the proposal but there is still time for it to be challenged.