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  • Buy-to-Let

    No licencing discount in Nottingham anymore

    Just wanted to make everyone aware that Nottingham Selective Licencing do not offer anymore licencing fee discount after 31st July. Therefore, DASH accreditation is not a requirement anymore.

    All selective licencing fee is now a flat standard rate.

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    Check out the reports on Gaskin v LB Richmond on Nearly Legal and Landlordlaw Blog, There is every possibility that at least part of the fees that Nottingham are charging may well be unlawful for them to charge.

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    I am following the case and thanks for notifying me.

    The point I am trying to make is, there are still many landlord who thinks obtaining DASH accreditation is of use for the licencing discount.

    DASH accreditation does not provide you with any selective licencing discount any more.

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    The judgement alone is unlikely to mean the Nottingham fees are illegal.

    The judgement says that it has to comply with the services directive and for there to be one fee for the application and a second fee for the ongoing management - which is what Nottingham is doing having the fee in two parts.

    - however it does mean that further FOI requests can be made to crowbar apart Nottingham's application fee to see if it is reasonable - £460 just to process an application - really ?!

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

    Well that makes a mockery of all the motivations behind accreditation programmes.

    The entire point of them is that it's evidence that you're a good LL and are much more likely to comply with the regulations - so are a lower risk - so have lighter touch enforcement which is cheaper. (Nottingham's costings were that accredited LL would have a lower sample of properties inspected, hence be cheaper)

    - but what Nottingham is saying is that if you either become better trained, or are trained but get another property after 31st July you're a higher risk LL.

    (plus wasn't DASH training free and they're now charging for it ?)

    ---- shall we all say together 'cash cow'.....

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