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  • Buy-to-Let

    Huge blanket licencing scheme announced



    A local authority says that it is the first to receive government approval for a licensing scheme that covers every single private rented property in the borough.

    Barking and Dagenham has won permission for a five-year scheme that will encompass some 20,000 private rented households – or 27% of the London borough’s entire housing stock.

    Barking and Dagenham already runs  licensing schemes, but this regime will end on August 31, and be replaced the following day by the wider regime.

    The council says that so far its existing schemes have helped it instigate 70 prosecutions and serve 570 enforcement notices.

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    Expect every council running selective licensing schemes now to be planning exactly the same move.
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    I thought this was already the case elsewhere, e.g. in Liverpool?

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    Not the case here in Sheffield. Here we have selective licensing on three arterial roads only which was introduced October last year.

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    My local council are trying to implement this as well, Thornaby on Tees.  £1000 for a 5 year licence

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    Where does the money go? I was under the impression it was only for deprived area's so the fee would be used to improve it.
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    Yep , but the cast majority of it will be purloined for council overheads, 

    Pension contributions, building overheads, training costs, policy writing, sick pay, time of senior management,  the list is endless.

    A few years back the council came up with an overall cost of an officers work averaging at £70, so a £1000 fee means just over 14 hours in 5 years for each property, given how long it takes to get an officer out of the office and on the street thats half the time gone by the time a property is visited inspected and report written, here they always turn up in pairs.Take an hour or so out to receive the licence fee and process it and the moneys just about gone. Leaving a bit for what little enforcement action they take. Though hopefully councils will use the civil penalty powers to raise revenues from the enforcement actions they undertake.

    A good while back Thanet District Council had an average sickness rate of 16 days per employee ( yep 16). They also trialed “work from home days” for the planning department due to lack of office space. Amazingly enough that did’nt improve performance.
    All from a council that has had two leaders sent to prison ( Cyril Hoser for forgery and fraud, sandy Ezekiel for misuse of his,position in property dealings) . Both a good while back. Another council leader Clive Hart and the then chief executive left rather surreptitiously after being investigated for some strange planning shenanigans, the chief executive prior to that left post early with a substantial settlement due to ill health. Another council employee was a well known alcoholic that transferred from department to department for years, before finally leaving. Had an arborial officer that took 6 months sick leave with stress but took the department mobile to stay in touch, so his deputy was basically unreachable.
    Don’t know about other councils but this one is a basket case.
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    Seems like our Taxes are being put to good use.....

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