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For anyone with properties in Croydon:
NOTES FROM CROYDON COUNCIL’S LANDLORD FORUM
18 JUNE 2019
- Total applications received to end of March 2019: 35,014 (paid)
- Number of LLs: 17K
- New applications: 250-300 pm
- Inspections: 12,029 since inception (Sept 2015) (so about 3,400pa or 68 per week if 50 weeks)
- Enforcement Notices since April '18: 232 (about 18pm)
- Prohibition Orders since April 18: 21 (about 1.6pm)
- Financial Penalty notices served: 16
- ASBs in Croydon are down 0.8% in the year to April ’19.
They were supposed to be discussing the renewal of Selective Licencing for Sept 2020 at this meeting but they didn’t. I asked for an update and was told they’re still discussing it. I asked if we would be consulted on the proposal and was told we wouldn’t get any input into it but when they have decided on the scheme they would put it out to consultation!
Presentation by Karen Gregory of NLA:
Presentation by Heat London:
Presentation by Croydon’s Homelessness Prevention Manager Susan O’Neil:
I will be writing to her and copying the Licencing Team to explain to her the real cause of homelessness and enquire as to why our taxes are being spent on helping tenants (likely in breach of AST) screw money out of LLs who are trying to regain possession of their property.
Presentation by a Annette Lewis, Rent Officer from the Regional Valuation Office South:
Presentation by Croydon Lettings:
Presentation by the Croydon Empty Property Team:
Proof, if any were needed, that this is just a Council money making scam.If applications from LL's stopped completely, it will take these clowns until 2026 to complete their inspections. In the mean time Landlords will probably have to pay another fee when the present scam expires in September2020.At the same time you have another section of the same money grabbing organisation (Homeless prevention) encouraging tenants to break the law by either lying about non existent disrepair, or staying in their property "until the Bailiffs turn up". Local Authorities are now just total and utter scum.
Thank you for taking the time to write these up Heather. Very community spirited and much appreciated.
Vanessa Warwick Landlord and Co-Founder of PropertyTribes.com **If you have got value from Property Tribes, find out how you can support it in remaining a free to use community resource**
This is great, thank you!
"Re: Tenant Fees Ban, you cannot charge for gardening or cleaning." - Don't suppose you have any more information about this? This would be concerning.
See page 19 of the government's guide to the tenant fees ban:
Ok I suppose it's not too bad as I originally thought.
Whilst you can't state that they pay for cleaning or gardening, you can request that the house is cleaned to a professional standard and that the garden is maintained.
I guess it is up to the tenant then whether they are capable of doing that themselves or if they pay a professional.
Yes, but the problem is (as I see it) that if they don't leave it clean/tidy, you can't charge them for it.
That's not my understanding. I'm pretty sure you can deduct from the deposit.
If you have got the house professionally cleaned at the start of tenancy and this is documented in the inventory, then it is the tenant's obligation to return the property in a similar state, irrespective of whether they pay for the clean or not.