Enfield Council’s housing licensing was on shaky ground. Now the council faces legal action. There was strong and reasoned opposition to it at public consultations, at the cabinet meeting and at the council’s overview & scrutiny committee. In the latest twist, Enfield Council is potentially facing a judicial review in the High Court. Continue reading
Last night Enfield Council’s overview & scrutiny committee met to consider whether the cabinet’s decision to implement private rental sector housing licensing should be confirmed, referred back to the cabinet or referred to the full council. Valid questions from some members of the committee, and from the public, were ignored by the chair of the committee, by officials, and by the cabinet member for housing. New evidence, published here in the public interest, shows why the council blocked the uncomfortable questions.
In part 1 of this series, we examined Enfield Council’s flawed statistical analysis, which attempted to link the borough’s private rented sector with anti-social behaviour. In this post we look at a range of policy options the council should have explored and how, in less than a year, they went from ruling out licensing to being its advocates.