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  • Buy-to-Let

    Croydon private rented property licence challenge

    We own a BTL flat in Croydon and have today received the following communication from Croydon Property Forum Ltd, an organisation set up to challenge Croydon Council's Private Rented Property Scheme:

    Dear Supporter

    The Queen (on the application of Croydon Property Forum Ltd) v LB Croydon

    Just a quick email to let you know that our hearing has been set for Tuesday 4 August 2015.

    The hearing will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL. The presiding judge will be His Honour Justice Ouseley. This will be to determine whether we have permission to take a judicial review, and if that permission is granted, the actual hearing will be the same day. I will forward more specific details of which court room etc, and timings when I get them, although I understand that there is no precise time for hearings.

    A good turnout will be helpful in showing that there is public interest in the case and that our legal arguments should be heard.

    You should arrive at the main entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, WC2A 2LL. You will be required to pass through security. Double check the court number on the Cause List, either by asking at the enquiry desk or by checking on the lists behind the desk.

    The case name is: The Queen (on the application of Croydon Property Forum Ltd) v London Borough of Croydon.

    The nearest tube stations are: Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines), Chancery Lane (Central line), Temple (District line). Access information is at: https://www.justice.gov.uk/courts/rcj-ro...g/rcj/faqs with further information for disabled visitors at: https://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/cou...lities.pdf
    If you're travelling from Croydon, Temple is the most direct station; simply take the District Circle line eastbound from Victoria. From Temple tube station, go straight up Arundel Street, at the end turn right into the Strand, passing St Clement Danes Church (on an island in the middle of the Strand), once past Clement Danes, you will see the Royal Courts of Justice on the opposite side of the street.

    Airport-style security is in operation, although water is allowed. You will need to allow plenty of time to pass through security and to find the court room - it is a large complex of buildings. If you arrive very early, Cafe 26 is at the far end of the main hall and there are various free exhibitions off the main hall.

    Please remember to switch off your phone and to respect the protocols of the Court, such as standing up when a judge enters the court room, the maintenance of quiet in the public gallery, and following the directions of ushers.

    Dress code: formal (suit and equivalent for ladies).

    Could you pass the word around about our hearing, as we need as many people there as possible to show support?

    Kind regards,


    Further information can be found on their website at croydonpropertyforumltd.com

    The above was then followed by a request for witness statements:

    Witness Statements in Support of Our Petition for Judicial Review Against Croydon Council's Landlord Licensing Scheme Needed URGENTLY

    Our barristers, Jonathan Manning and Justin Bates have just advised us that owing to yesterday's announcement of our hearing on 4 August, we have an extremely tight deadline in which to prepare our case and moreover, that it is critical that we get our witness statements lodged by tomorrow. Without sufficient witness statements, it is unlikely that His Honour Lord Justice Ouseley would grant permission for a hearing, and our case will be dismissed.
    If you have been affected, we would therefore ask if you can visit http://www.croydonpropertyforumltd.com/petition/ by mid afternoon tomorrow and describe how Croydon's licensing scheme has adversely affected you. For example:
    you were unable to get the mortgage or financial backing of your choice and had to settle for another product

    you will have to increase your tenant's rent

    you ARE a tenant and you've had or will have your rent increased

    you're a tenant and you've been served notice to move out because of landlord licensing

    you were going to buy a rental property in Croydon but you now won't bother or will buy elsewhere

    you're a developer and were hoping to build or invest in the borough but you won't now

    you were going to invest in a venture in Croydon, buy property or move to the borough (either as a tenant, owner occupier or other) but the fact that the council is claiming the whole borough is blighted by ASB has put you off

    you will be directly affected by the scheme, either as a landlord, tenant or developer, but you only heard either after the Cabinet made their decision on 16 March 2015 or after the final decision (at the council Scrutiny Committee hearing on the evening of 26 March 2015)

    We would also be grateful if you could spread word of this to anyone else you know who may have been affected.

    Many thanks in advance for your assistance. I have attached a Word document to bring you up to date on our legal campaign if you are not already aware.

    Croydon Property Forum Limited