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  • Buy-to-Let

    Newcastle selective licensing points the way



    The daggers are being drawn by Newcastle City Council against Landlords

    I watch the BBC Inside Out program last night about rouge Landlords in Newcastle

    It was a very depressing picture painted against the PRS

    It showed the very bad side of Landlords and its a disgrace how some Landlords treat Tenants

    The council at present is trying to bring in a Licence for every let property in the city and it will effect thousands of Landlords Good and Bad

    As I understand it the Licence fee will be ring-fenced and the money used to fund environmental Heath Teams in the city

    The cost of the Licence per property will be around £700 each

    My own feeing is If Newcastle Bring in such plans which are now in conclusion other Councils will follow suit

    If you have the chance to watch the program its worth watching and seeing what could happen to all of us

     https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-47310505

    If this happens it will cost us all thousands in fees

    My own feeling is enforcement is very important but this is a sledge hammer to crack a nut.

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    They are doing the same here in Coventry but only in some areas not all for NOW.

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    It's a public sector money making scam to fund their bloated salaries and ludicrous pension scheme, you know the one! The pension scheme that no one in the private sector can afford to provide because to do so you have to be continuously thieving money from Council Tax payers and run scams like this. 

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    We have two selective licence areas in Newcastle but now they want every rented property licensed.

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    Over-crowding and non-compliance is a big problem but creating expensive mandatory schemes simply makes it more difficult to make a legal profit.

    I was renting out a flat in nearby Cramlington (Northumberand) for £325 until it got sold last year. 3 bed semis there rent from £500. If the authorities in Northumberland decide to start a scheme similar to Newcastle it will absorb 2 months rent from a flat / 1.5 months rent from a semi.

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    I think this one thing will see landlords sell

    it’s not a straight forward thing obtaining a licance

    i have one in a selective licance area and  it’s quite a lot of work involved

    18000 new licances is a tall order and I don’t think the council have the staff to process it

    they were well behind on selective licance

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    If they are successful, it’ll pave the way for many other councils especially those who already have selective licensing schemes, it’ll offer a way of both extending existing schemes and widening the scope. I’m in Thanet the scheme there is already in its second 5 year period which will end in 2021, its become very quiet on the announcement front in the second t year period, the last report on the scheme was in 2015, when i last enquired the next update was “due”.

    it also does little/nothing to address the state of exteriors  or common parts of buildings containing leasehold flats, conditions attached to buildings licences are unenforceable, which rather discriminates against owners of blocks of flats, which generally have fewer problems in terms of management as all responsibility for tenants etc falls to one entity. Its an area of legislation that needs looking at and freeholders bought to account.

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    I agree with you

    this is the thin end of the wedge

    landlord seem to be oblivious to what’s happening

    the apathy of our sector is unbelievable

    this is going to bite landlords in the bum just like S24

    you can see by the resonance I have had how little interest there is to this topic

    RLA has said little

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    To my mind , the RLA ( though i’m a member and their online info and phine support are good) see their future in provision of training and compliance packages, their attempts at becoming “selective licensing partners” in terms of providing accreditation is just another facet.

    Their eye is on future business revenues rather than being a lobby group for landlords.

    within 10 years , there will be national landlord registration,fees per registered unit , compulsory accreditation, with the attendant cpd. All of which will squeeze out the smaller landlords to begin with ( accreditation and cpd, will be expensive for one/two properties ( outside of prime/expensive  areas). Then as requirements are ramped up over the years ever greater portfolios will be needed to spread the costs.

    A possible upside would be the acceptance that being  a landlord compliant with all the requirements is in fact a business rather than investment activity, but by the time that argument is won, the sector will be much reduced.

    of course none of this affects those who have no intention of following the rules and as ever little effort will go into finding them, as every “rogue” that floats to the service will provide ever greater evidence for the need to crackdown further

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    I'd much rather scrap this hotch-potch of local schemes and replace them all with a national schemes along the lines of Scotland (and similar level of fees to Scotland).

    That seems like a proportionate level of regulation.

    I think rent-smart-wales is over-regulation.

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    DISCLAIMER just my personal opinion - for legal advice consult a qualified professional grown-up.