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I would be interested to hear opinions on this topic ...
At some point in time we will all have to join a Redress Scheme
At the same time would it not be prudent for all Landlords to have a Licence
I am not thinking about a Property Licence
My thoughts would be a Licence with a Reg Number. The Landlord would have to do a level of training and show they understand the basic of rules and regulation which effect every day business
Also part of the Check to obtain a Licence would be a Criminal Record Check
There could be an online register so Tenants could check the that the Landlord holds a Licence
All documentation AST would also show the Licence number of the Landlord
In my view if we are going to have a Redress scheme we could also have a Licence
Just Like a Taxi Driver or a Bus Driver
We should be leading the way with this Topic its better we come up with a Plan It could be run by RLA or NLA or the Local council
Or even by central Govt most of us have a driving Licences or a Passport so the Central Govt would be best suited to issue a Licence to run along side the Redress Scheme
I know it would be an added cost But I think it would be worth it
When you think about it, a Criminal Landlord could be a Paedophile a fraudster or a thief or worse a murderer ... and they are Housing members of the Public.
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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I agree. Landlords perhaps ought also to provide the local authority a copy of an annual gas safety certificate, 5 year elect.safety cert and a valid epc.Assuming these are in date and contain no safety issues and the epc is lawful would that not be a suitable way of replacing the unpopular and expensive selective licencing schemes which also are intrusive to tenants.Landlords who fail to do so could be fined.
I have always thought the building insurance company should also take an interest in a CP12
The licence number could be even listed on a CP12 too why not my name is there now
If we do nothing as a sector, it may well be forced on us and I would prefer to see us showing a lead
Do you know of any licensing schemes that don't require the landlord to provide the EICR/CP12?
How will the LA pay for their enforcement of property standards if they don't have licensing schemes?
Through their extortionate Council Tax that a lot of us pay on EMPTY PROPERTY from the FIRST day it is empty, that's how!
A lot of care has to be taken with the definition of landlord. I'm in the process of investing in Wales where 'all landlords must register with Rent Smart Wales' I've contacted them regarding registration and whether I need to obtain a licence.
I am a Lodger Landlord. I'm looking for a property with a second residential unit to let under a common law tenancy as a Resident Landlord. This will be combined with a commercial unit where I will be the Commercial Landlord. With my remaining funds I'm considering either a holiday let or a Monday to Friday let as a Serviced Accommodation Landlord.
It seems my aversion to the AST has exempted me from registering with RSW. They have confirmed that I am not required to register or obtain a licence for any of these landlord activities. Pub Landlords are also exempt as a public house can not let accommodation on an AST.
I would be happy to register and obtain a licence if it was required. I'm also happy to join a redress scheme, but I'm waiting to see the definition of 'all landlords' in that context.
My view is the licance and redress would be for all landlords who use an AST
That is why care needs to be taken. I receive multiple enquiries each month to rent my home. I'm not advertising, I'm not even looking for tenants, but I have a very desirable asset. As I'm known to take lodgers I'm perceived as a cash landlord and there is a lot of tenant demand in my community for alternatives to the AST. I have spoken to several tenants who now pay a mortgage instead of rent. Their perception is that it is cheaper and a lot less hassle.
Of course, this isn't entirely legitimate, but it appears to be increasing. As regulation is increased and tightened on the AST PRS, alternative solutions are being found which are unregulated. Whether we label these landlords as accidental or rogue doesn't really matter, but some of these tenants will inadvertently believe they have found the same solution with a criminal landlord.
Was that a typo - prefer to pay mortgage than rent as it is cheaper? Did you mean rent is cheaper for them with less hassle?
No, it wasn't a typo. These are tenants that have found accidental landlords and are covering the proprty costs. Their perception is that it is cheaper and less restrictive.
Do you mean it isn't entirely legitimate in that the occupiers of the building are tenants with an AST? It doesn't matter whether they pay rent directly to the landlord or to his mortgage company - there is still a consideration from the tenant and the landlord is providing accommodation so there is a contract. The landlord should be declaring the money on his tax return.