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  • Property-a-holics

    Consultation: Selective Licensing in Leeds

    People are being asked for their views on the possible introduction of licensing for private sector rented housing in some parts of Leeds - Beeston and Harehills.

    Mark Ireland, the council's service manager for private sector housing, said:

    “Selective licensing schemes can also help create communities and places where people want to live, play, work and stay. The council is consulting on the proposal for selective licensing in parts of Beeston and Harehills. Everyone with an interest in the areas: residents, landlords, businesses and partners will be provided with information regarding the proposal."

    The council's Community Hubs in the areas - the Compton Centre and Dewsbury Road - will have information available to take away and read for those not online. The consultation runs from August 1 until October 31.

    Cllr Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council's executive member for communities, said:

    “A priority for the council is to improve the quality of housing across the city and make sure private rented homes are well managed by landlords. This is why we’re considering introducing selective licensing in parts of Beeston and Harehills.

    “We really want to hear your views on these selective licensing proposals and want as many people as possible to have their say.”

    More information on selective licensing, including how to have your say, can be found at the following link: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/selectivelicensing

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    The fee for licensing is sometimes surprising to me, the price for a Leeds Licence is the equivalent of up to 2 months gross rent in Beeson/Harehills.

    The shifting of responsibility from tenant to landlord, for maintaining the grass for example is annoying but see why its in there.

    I never really understood the condition - that landlords should evict if people complain about anti-social behaviour.
    Sure it sounds sensible? but its the council requireing it. Wont the tenant just move down the road to the next property?
    I'm not sure what the council gets out of a tenant moving a few properties away, not sure how that solves anti-social behaviour.
    As we must remember - there is no Landlord Accessible database of such tenants.

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    Hi Adam,

    landlordreferencing.co.uk has a database of over 600,000 rogue tenants.  Anyone can send them info on their tenants, both good and bad.  I would encourage all landlords to provide info on tenants to them so that we can then avoid taking on a bad egg.

    Heather.


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    Beeston Selective licensing approved

    https://democracy.leeds.gov.uk/ieIssueDe...9758&Opt=3

    This result despite 92% participants in the consultation process voting AGAINST


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    When our local scheme was up for renewal i spent a fair amount of time on my objection, i sent it to the rla who used my local knowledge and stats for much of their input, i then sent it to each member of the councils oversight and scrutiny committee, not one of whom even acknowledged receipt before they rubber stamped the approval, one had the courtesy to contact me after.
    The raising of revenue trumps everything these days.
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    hi Philip

    I wasn't surprised either. The url https://democracy.leeds.gov.uk shows how cynical the Council is!

    "autocracy.leeds.gov.uk" would be more accurate!

    In sorrow, more than in anger

    Denise

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    Also to say that my sister and I, who both have rental houses in Beeston, went to considerable trouble to give detailed responses to the consultation in conjunction with our lettings agent.

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    I made some comments in reply to some of the statistics the council,quoted, but i used data from foi requests to police and fire service to object to the councils view that high levels of crime and antisocial behaviour, fire service use and ambulance callouts were the result of the prs because of a “self evident link” by which they meant lots of the stated service uses and lots of prs meant the prs was at fault.
    I had the crime figures brocken down by tenure type of building at which offence occured or suspect lived ( if in fact they lived in the area), fire service broke down every attendance over the years ( care homes were biggest single user), when it came to ambulance call outs the council map extended to cover the margate deaf school , which by itself had 1/3 of the total and was’nt even in the selective licenscing area ( though the covering gp surgery was).
    None would even be discussed  as my numbers covered two whole wards and so did’nt accurately reflect the designated area exactly.
    Pushed the matter and as ever its” take us to court”.
    One pf the local councillors was the  leader of the council, he suggested i speak with the head of housing, who steadfastly avoided doing so.
    Absolutely nothing was going to change the pre deceed decision.
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    The top and bottom is they dont work ??

    I have found that once a Council goes down this road it will happen

    Landlord have to factor this in now

    look at your business  and selective licence and update property when you have time

    If you prepare for it now it will have less impact in the future fit fire doors fit wired in smoke detectors and get a 5 year Electrical cert

    If you do the three things you will most likely qualify for a liacance if it comes your way

    Its all tax deductible so the dear old HMRC are paying for 40%

    and you will have a safer property


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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.


    The thing is DL all my properties already complied , my electrical installations were covered by the original neic certs which clearly stated 10 years till first inspection. Eventually this was acepted.
    In general its pre 1991 ( classed as sec 257 hmo’s iirc) where the provlem lies or properties that had no planning or building control after that date, this would have been additional licensing but did not drag enough money in so it went full selective licensing.
    I was even criticised on my inspection for having a fire alarm, which was over and above building regs at the time and still would be. They objected to my self testing each year with a test by an external company in between mine so still tested every 6 months. When they threatened to take action , i said that in which case i’d have the systems removed ( one in each block) but how was that going to improve my tenants safety and offered to do a full test while they assessed my competency. 
    Council evenhad full drawings from the original builds and conversion, but they would not access there records to check , i had to provide new drawings. In all about 6k so far, for in all about 4 hours of council presence in the 8 flats over 8 years, ( 2 years to run on second designation)
    They’ll claim area has improved, but i’ve asked them to take into account the nursing homes that have closed, childrens homes that have moved, the hotel that is no longer used for emergency accomodation ( used to have regular police visists) and take into account provlems associated with social housing ( i have an email from SouthernHousing Group accepting that one of their properties was causing daily ASB for sometime ( blatant drug dealing)), all of which were included in the original case against the private sector.
    As for property conditions there is a building on which the balcony was in danger of collapse and had pigeons living in the rotting structure, nothing is being done as it doesn’t fsll under the scheme.( just it now has scaffolding holding it up) Same building has an exposed copper gas supply pipe running through the common area. 
    Where obvious problems exist the council refuses to use hhsrs if it is relation to common area issues due to their being outside selective licensing and lack of resources otherwise available.
    The same council that has a 25% stake in East Kent Housing , which had 544 properties with no gas cert and numerous properties which do not comply with the 2005 fire safety order act, lack of funds again the excuse though they are happy to ringfence considerable sums in the housing revenue account.
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    Has anyone got the number of properties affected in Leeds by these proposals, the address lists appear to be by street with no summary ?

    The fee structure would suggest around 2,000 properties in total.

    There is a suggestion that 70% of inspections will be found to be compliant , 20% will require work which will be undertaken and the remaining 10% will need legal action.

    It is also accepted that as a result of the  introduction of Selective Licensing there may be an increase in homelessness.

    The criteria here appears to be deprivation. One wonders how licensing only PRS properties (70% compliant) can possibly result in less free school meals and a higher level of employment for example.

    Here we have a further example of pre 1919 terraced housing being targeted due to these properties being less energy efficient. 

    Government funding for external and internal insulation has generally been withdrawn and without this how will this change ?

    Since retiring and spending more time at home i now share the same high energy bill issues in common with those who have never worked so perhaps i can also qualify for the classification of being in fuel poverty !

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