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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
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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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
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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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 ?