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  • Buy-to-Let

    Breaking: Review of selective licensing



    Property Tribes is at the RLA "Future Renting" Conference in London this morning.

    Keynote speaker, Anne Frost, Deputy Director of PRS at MHCLG has just announced that the government is to launch a review into selective licensing and how effective it is in raising standards within the private rented sector!



    More to follow ....

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    I am not sure the current one works

    but o am sure the council like the revenue it brings them

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

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    Cause they can see the Councils have gone too far bringing money into their own coffers at any cost, not that the Govt normally prioritise the homeless.

    And the Govt are thinking they could have all these fees to themselves.

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    Yes, I suspect they are going to want the payments to central government like "MOT" system as suggested

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    Leeds council have just announced the consultation process to bring in a scheme for 2 areas in leeds.  Likely to come into effect Autumn 2019.  The aim is to raise £5m i think and it is designed to fund improvements in a totally different area (off the record).

    The cost is to be £825 per property i think, but may reduce down.

    There has been a huge uprising about this issue by the local landlords and i was at a meeting this week where 150 LL's turned up.  They have set up a website etc.

    Apparently the consultation is a formality and the scheme is set to go ahead (off the record).

    Does anyone have any ideas on how these schemes can be halted ?

    I can see the aim is to improve the housing stock, but why cant it be done differently ?  Why do GOOD properties also have to pay this fee.  I am caught up in these areas a little, but my properties are in good condition with EPC's of D.  So all D/G, new boilers, loft and walls insulated.  The tenants are in for 4 years and counting.  Just really bugs me why the good LL's are not rewarded.

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    The only way to stop a licensing scheme is to bring a judicial review, well before implementation.  Judicial reviews are horrendously expensive (£30k upwards) and difficult to win.

    I was involved in the judicial review against Croydon Council's scheme.  This was shortly after Enfield's scheme was defeated

    The argument against Enfield was successful because their consultation had a clear flaw - they had not run it for long enough and had not run it in some nearby areas.  This was clear, quantitative evidence that cannot be argued with it; it either exists or it doesn't - it's black or white, no in between.

    Unfortunately, Croydon learned a lesson from Enfield's mistake and ensured they made no obvious errors in their consultation, leaving us with much more nebulous arguments.

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    Mandy Thomson
    lodgersite.com

    In my expierance once the council make up there mind there is little chance of changing it. Manchester did it some years ago and agreed they messed up. They are now doing it again in certain areas and there consultations did nothing. We are six months in and have seen little or no improvements. This is a action to create jobs for the boys and create income that’s all. It will in some way stab them selves in the foot because all I am doing is increasing rents further so all they are doing is hitting low income families for more money.

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    [Image: New-logo2.png] Manchester based investor. I buy, sell, renovate and rent investment property in East/North Manchester Wink email: mike@brentwoodinvestments.co.uk Call: 0161 681 3724

    Solicitor David Kirwan of law firm Kirwans has spoken out after being contacted by landlords with properties affected by selective licensing laws who he says have been ‘utterly devastated’ to find themselves hauled before the courts for failing to apply for a licence.

    In worst-case scenarios, landlords can be handed a criminal record, an order to repay 12 months’ rent, or be banned from renting out a property in the future.

    Even if councils choose to avoid the courts, civil penalty fines of up to £30,000 can be imposed.

    Kirwan said there is now a real fear that landlords providing good quality accommodation in areas affected by the schemes will sell up and invest elsewhere, rather than risk falling foul of the rules.

    Full/source article

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