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  • Property-a-holics

    Outcome of Selective Licensing Review

    Forgive me as I’m a bit of a novice and could do with a simple summary of what impact this will have.

    Is the report suggesting that there will likely be licensing brought in on all single let’s that could prove costly (I saw roughly150 pounds per house per annum quoted somewhere) - and what type of standard of property would they expect? Are we talking fire doors and things like that?
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    The link in DL’s earlier post gives a good idea of the sort of wish list councils have .
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    What I find really farcical about a number of the various regulations, is that if you ask any council or housing association tenant about the condition of their properties, and the glacial time frames to get repairs carried out along with the list of things they will not repair such as fencing, compared to the way the local authorities pursue private landlords.
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    The new Human Habitation Act also cover councils and Housing associations

    so they too will have to up there game 

    But it has not been fair for years one law for us one law for them 

    I worked in Local Govt (Houseing) and  there property was not great at the time But I know they have been spending money in my area 

    to update property

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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    That is all fine in theory in practice it's still not happening. I know someone who has had no heating or hot water now for 6 weeks and the council have still to fix it. Had they been a tenant in private rental, you can guarantee the council would have been all over the landlord by now.
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    well I am  sure solicitors will be doing no win no fee for the new Habitation Act

    it only came in a few months ago

    so give it time

    DL


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    Learn Change and Adapt ?????

    All comments are for casual information purposes only. If you wish to rely on any advice I have given please ensure you obtain independent specialist advice from a third party. No liability is accepted for comments made.

    ARLA Propertymark chief executive David Cox said: “Licensing schemes do not work, and never will.

    “They are not an effective way of promoting higher quality accommodation, and introducing landlord registration will not be the silver bullet to improve the effectiveness of property licensing. Local authorities need investment to enforce the wide range of legislation that already exists.”

    Alternatively, he said, the Government should create a “property MOT” that would cover all elements of property condition, energy efficiency and other legal requirements and involve regular inspections to ensure a home is passed as suitable.

    Full/source article

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    When will we ever get some joined up thinking from the Gov & Local Authorities on this. More Legislation & Selective Licensing schemes are NOT the answer, there is already more than enough legislation to deal with the very small minority of bad landlords. The problem is ENFORCEMENT, LA's simply do not have the resources or funds to enforce current legislation. Locally we used to have a "Landlord Liaison Dept" which I joined as a member many years ago. It was a voluntary scheme & to be/keep accredited your properties had to meet a minimum standard, due to Gov. cuts this dept no longer exists. It was there for Both LL's & T's.


    As for a National Register - Well there is ALREADY one - just ask HMRC! Anybody renting a Property has to fill in the Income from Land & Property section SO the Gov already has a Record of all LL's ( save for the illegal under the radar LL's ).


    Here is a radical idea - Bring Back the Local Landlord Scheme depts initially funded by Gov. Enforce the current legislation & anybody NOT complying can be fined, with fines increasing for further non compliance. Eventually the schemes could end up being self funded.

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    Whilst I do think it's important for properties to be provided and maintained  in good condition, I don't see where the protection is for the landlord of a tenant who fails to look after the property or doesn't allow maintenance visits.
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    Are we missing something here.

    Quoting from an article published by the RLA on 20th June 2018 : " The review, announced today by the MHCLG, will see independent commissioners gather evidence from landlords associations ,such as the RLA, as well as local authorities, tenants and other housing professionals."

    The 228 page report published on 25th June 2019 hardly mentions any  stakeholders other than local authorities.

    Here are the page and clause numbers where stakeholders other than local authorities are mentioned.:-

    Page 19 , clause 2.2 identifies "A board of stakeholders. These stakeholders included representatives from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Greater London Authority, Local Government Association, National Landlords Association, Residential Landlords Association , Shelter , Rotherham MBC and Fenland DC."

    Further in the same clause (2.2) it states :"Depth Interviews -In -Depth interviews were conducted with representatives of 30 local authorities,alongside 16 other stakeholders drawn from landlord organisations , tenant organisations and other interested parties. The content of these interviews was shaped by both the responses to the survey and informal interviews with a range of stakeholders."

    Page 35, clause 4.1 repeats that depth interviews were conducted with 30 different local authorities "along with 16 stakeholders".

     Clauses 4.3,4.4 and 4.5 outlines what was discussed with these 16 stakeholders.

    Page 47, clauses 6.18 mentions some landlords have questioned the effectiveness of licensing whilst clause 6.19 states that more than one landlord organisation in the review made reference to a low prosecution figures.

    Page 91, clause 11.19 states "There was significant support from local  authorities, tenants organisations, landlord organisations and other stakeholders for the introduction of some variant of national registration of landlords ."

    Page 92 clause 11.20 - "Landlords groups were in favour of registration ...." 

    Pages 106 - 123 are dedicated to desktop case studies produced by local authorities justifying their schemes.

    Pages 124-228, (over 100 pages) are dedicated to the survey results obtained from the 274 local authorities who responded to an e-mail asked for there input..

    There are NO tables or survey results listed in the report for the 16 non local authority stakeholders.

    If this is an independent review should there not have been as much emphasis placed on the findings of the non local authority stakeholders ?






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