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  • Buy-to-Let

    Licence complaints and woes

    Guys what do you think about this my local council run a 5 year licence scheme, I recently purchased a licence at the 4.5 year mark (£500) and now it has expired and I have to buy another one. Has anyone had any success in challenging this ?

    your thoughts ?

    Thanks

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    I had to buy one (applied around November, got it around March 2019) it expires Sept 2020 and cost £350 but would have been £750 without the discount. The council are about to start consulting on the next 5 year licence and I have already told them I want to be involved. I'm considering an FOI request to find out how much they have raised on 32k licences and how it is spent.
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    I’m in thanet, have flats in our SL area, started in 2011 comtinued in 2016, going to be interesting to see what happens in 2021. The facts and figures the council used are spurious in the extreme, contradict each other. Lots of sweeping statements, all crime,fire,safety, health service callouts linked to high levels of private rented property, no breakdowns to show  split with social housing , hmo’s, care homes , childrens homes , bail hostels etc. Only criteria not explored in consultation was immigration , which given the area has highest levels in borough is absurd , but council claimed they didn’t consider it a significant factor, same council tried running drop in meetings trying to explain to migrants the importance of paying council tax and how to deal with refuse.
     Officers implementing the scheme were reject from other departments, I objected vociferously to both, but doesn’t matter what you do or say , short of going to court nothing is going to change what they do.
    Last report on the scheme was in 2015 next due this summer. 
    Basically if you’re not going to be prepared to go through the courts you’ve got no chance and even then the council will just keep appealing hoping you run out of money before they do.
    If i ever win euro millions , i’ll make it my lifes work to break a council.
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    movieman, I think more than challenging it you want to be pleased that you managed to get your licence before they found out you were renting without a licence and charged you a fine!  If your licence has now expired it means that you should have obtained it 5 years ago when the scheme was announced,  unless you are a new purchaser then of course you wouldn't have been able to do that.

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