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Councils across England have cut by a quarter the amount they are spending on dealing with criminal landlords compared with 2009/10.According to an analysis by the Residential Landlords Association, whilst spending by local authorities in England on housing standard activities was £44.5 million in 2009/10, by 2017/18 that had fallen to £33.5 million, a drop of £11m.With over 150 Acts of Parliament containing more than 400 regulations affecting the private rented sector, the RLA is arguing that better enforcement of these laws, backed up by greater funding, is key to driving out the minority of landlords who can make life a misery for tenants and bring the sector into disrepute.Whilst the Government has recently made £2 million available for councils to support efforts to tackle problem landlords, the RLA does not believe that one-off pots of money provides the certainty for councils to be able to plan long term for enforcement action.New civil penalty powers enable councils to keep the proceeds of fines levied on landlords who are breaking the law and use this money for further enforcement. The problem the RLA says is that councils don’t have the resources to kick start the process by taking the action against criminal landlords that then leads to fines generating funding for further action. The RLA is calling on the government to provide in the forthcoming Spending Review a multi-year funding package to support initial enforcement action.John Stewart, Policy Manager for the Residential Landlords Association, said:“Criminal landlords undermine the reputation of the decent majority, cause tenants to suffer and have no place in the sector.“Local authorities must have the funds they need to properly enforce the wide range of powers they already have to tackle sub-standard housing and criminal behaviour. Our analysis shows that for all the warm words, councils are in desperate need of new funding to ensure this happens. The Government should use the Spending Review to address this as a matter of urgency.”We recorded this video on the topic with RLA Policy Director, David Smith:
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This will change if Newcastle city council get away with a licance for every let property in Newcastle
every city will follow Newcastle the fees can only be used for enforcement
and part of the enforcement will be a CRB check just like selective licance
watch this space £700 per property so the council will have loads of cash to enforce the new rules
every landlord should watch what’s happening in Newcastle
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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Croydon have borough-wide licensing at £750 and discounted to £350 for new homes being rented. They have had 30,000 applications so if it's a 50/50 split this should bring in £16.5 million over the 5 years of the license. Surely that's enough to fund some enforcement? At £30K salary pa they could afford to hire 110 additional people, all paid for by the licence.
NEWCASTLE city council will nett 18 m
and it will be used for enforcement with new staff
if it goes ahead
every landlord will face the same thing in the England
David Smith is spot on about L.A's not using Civil Penalties ( and where they have, not collecting them ) but the fault lies with MHCLG.
Also, his criticism ( factually supported ) of Licensing schemes is very true, L.A's 'manufacture or massage statistics of dog litter etc to justify Licensing schemes that are enforced against Landlords for not having a License, rather than any property related deficiency.
MHCLG are guilty of a Lack of Management, Leadership and holding L.A's to Accountability. and they need to be told some 'Home truths'