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Mick Roberts has been banned from contacting Nottingham City Council staff over a controversial licensing scheme due to his "unreasonable" behaviour.The council said he used "derogatory language" towards staff.
He said he may have used the word "imbecile" but has never swore at council staff.Full/source story I think this shows how local authorities can shut down anyone challenging them. From what I know of Mick , I cannot imagine him being unreasonable, although I can imagine the frustration he feels at trying to communicate with the local authority.Mick has worked tirelessly to try and help local authorities understand how selective licensing is impacting on ethical landlords, and now his voice has been silenced.Mick, please feel free to give a fully account of your version of events here.
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Excuse my delay here, Licensing took my time up the last year, catching up with what I'm supposed to do now.
Funny thing is Vanessa, I get on with my man who I talk to on the phone. We think they trying to silence me cause I'm close to getting the Homeless cost for the year since Licensing been in, as it's been roughly £3 million a year preceding Licensing. And since August last year, we reckon it's £14 million +.Since last year Vanessa, the impact on tenants has been massive, loads been made homeless, rents gone up, current tenants can't move any more, as Landlords selling or taking the most poshest loads of money tenants ever.Here is the letter I have just sent the new boss of Nottingham Council which may give my version of accounts.By the way, the people in this thread that supported Licensing before it came in. Well we are 9 or so months later. And all that we said has come to fruition. In fact, it's got worse, bits can be seen in my letter.
Dear David Mellen,Open letter to Nottingham Council new boss.
You say in the Nottingham Post ‘We need to listen more’. And u talk about Homeless. I’m gathering you are acknowledging mistakes have been made.
I am the biggest Housing Benefit Landlord in Nottingham,
One of the biggest Landlords in Nottingham,
Responsible for 350 peoples homes.Have 36 houses in the Selective Licensing area.Do you think I am worth listening to?Do you think my valuable tenants lives are worth listening to?As it appears that Councillor Linda Wooding thinks I & We are not worth listening to. Not ONCE has she spoke to me. I’d say I’m important in contributing or avoiding more to your homeless figures would you agree?I’ve done a few FOI’s, one being homeless bill for Nottingham approx £3 million a year for 2016 2017 2018. Do u know what it is since Selective Licensing came in? I know it’s £14 million plus & once I get the figures which FOI are currently fighting, we’re gonna’ release ‘em.Some letters enclosed from my tenants on just one condition of Licensing. And I’m all for Inspections by the way on NEW people, that know what they letting theirselves in for & signed up to what they know is coming.I’ve evicted 6 people already PURELY cause of Licensing. Two still homeless now living in a tent by the River Trent. I could if need be, get these in the Post for a story. You may have seen some of my frustrations with Selective Licensing in the Post.My point being, if u listening, then come listen. This homeless is gonna’ get MUCH WORSE unless someone listens to us.Apparently you only have 15,200 landlords come forward for Selective Licensing. You said there was 32,-33,000. I & we told you this was gonna’ happen. We house people, we know what happens on ground level. Those in charge of Licensing don’t.Where has Councillor Urquhart gone now?Everything she said at the beginning turned out to be wrong.Please don’t be one of those in 3 years time, we say Told u so.Housing Aid NPRAS, know A LOT of homeless is from Selective Licensing, but they not allowed to shout it out cause yes you’ve guessed it, they work for the Council. Go ask them in confidence. And a lot don’t even get told cause Landlords just use the Section 21, but if Landlords were asked why eviction & selling etc.-Selective Licensing!Licensing went FAR TOO FAR on their cost & conditions on EXISTING tenants that has lived there 20 years. You can still swallow face now, if u retracted your conditions & met Landlords halfway with some stuff. That would get u good publicity & Media Coverage.I’m a GREAT Landlord & I’m now doing Licensing form filling instead of looking for new boiler for tenant.
Do u really think my tenants house is going to get any better cause I’ve spent 98 hours telling Licensing who my Mortgage Lender is when they already know?And sending Licensing my SAME passport 36 times? Yes, u don’t know any of this do you.The Good Landlords & Good tenants houses have got worse so Licensing can go after bad Landlords that they can’t find cause they haven’t come forward.I had to fight for months to tell Licensing their EICR policy was wrong & illegal. You dropped it eventually.I had to fight for months to tell your Thumbturns policy was wrong after Landlords had already spent millions putting kids lives in danger-You eventually dropped it.Same with room sizes, you want us to evict families just CAUSE THEY’VE HAD A BABY!I had arguments with your staff cause u wasn’t issuing receipts when we paid our £360’s, 3 months later once u took advice from HMRC, u said U was right Mick.My point is, Licensing is getting EVERYTHING wrong cause of in-bred council culture.The homeless you are seeing on the streets knocks down from the woman & kids who can’t get a normal house taking the less savoury house that the homeless single man may have took. It all has a knock on effect.I also know you are back to using Hostels & B&B’s again for the homeless which you are trying to keep quiet. As Councillor Urquhart pledged (& maybe Councillor Woodings) last year you won't be using them any more.Councillor Linda Woodings in Post online 11 May 2019 said Universal Credit UC is causing homeless problem in Nottingham.
Councillor Linda Woodings is correct to slate Universal Credit UC, but the biggest problem in Nottingham is Selective Licensing for which I believe she supports. I'm biggest private Landlord in Nottingham to both problems and even though UC is a problem (It has got better last few weeks if we work with the Job Centres) it is Licensing that has made much more homeless. And Licensing and it's pathetic time consuming conditions can be SO SO easily solved.
Linda Woodings mentions escalating rents. The rents in Nottingham have ESCALATED not cause of UC, but cause of Selective Licensing. £780 you’ve forced tenants to pay out that already have a new boiler new kitchen new doors etc. All so Licensing can go after the bad Landlords that haven't even come forward. Meanwhile the good Landlords and good tenants with the good houses have paid all this money out, so their funds are now depleted for any future repairs.
I was giving out Section 21’s like Confetti to all tenants that were being switched onto UC, so much so, this was causing alarm bells with Midlands UC.So I had a meeting with UC Midlands Complaints manager, UC area manager, Job Centre Manager, Service Centre Manager. Approx 6 weeks ago. And do u know what’s happened since? Tenants rents are being paid, no more Section 21’s, no more evictions. And do u know all what UC did that Licensing didn’t? They listened.I’ve not had one meeting with the decision makers since Selective Licensing started. ‘Cause u don’t like what I have to say. Even if this means tenants don’t become homeless, Landlords don’t sell in their droves, & you stop this ridiculous totally unnecessary admin that does NOTHING, but makes the tenants lives worse, as we now have no time to sort their bits out.You talk to me, & we can stop this silly banning talking to me cause apparently I’ve been writing you some poetry.
One final question. Why do I have to tell Nottingham Council Selective Licensing EVERY time a tenant has to have a baby? Does Nottingham Council tenants have to do the same? And do they then get threatened with evictions as they are then overcrowding as per official Government rules bought in Oct 15 primarily for London tenants beds in sheds? Getting evicted for having a baby? ‘Cause now the Landlord is technically breaking the rules.Yes, another daft policy of Licensing I’ve had to fight. People that support Licensing (As I did initially), know nothing of the horrendous conditions some totally daft non common sense high up people within Licensing have implemented.
Nottingham Selective Licensing & it’s Tenant tax has been absolutely devastating to Nottingham tenants who already had a good house & good Landlord. 79% of them according to your figures.I & we are here to listen. You can act. Or leave things as they are & watch this homeless escalate. Cause we are only at the start. Believe me on that.
U do know, don't u, once u stop listening to your Labour Die hard supporters, most Nottingham tenants are against Nottingham Selective Licensing tenant tax. Now I've got the message out, the real truths what we and they have to put up with. They know anyway cause they've all had MASSIVE rent increases and they all know someone who's been evicted cause of it. Nottingham Council could have made this much more of a success which I would have supported.
A huge amount of wasted money by good tenants in good houses, money that could have been spent on future new bathrooms, kitchens etc.
U can swallow Humble Pie and swallow your pride u know. Some of the greatest achievements in life have been accomplished by doing just that.
Why does a car MOT cost £40, takes an hour and is 75,000 more times dangerous and kills much more people than a house why is that 20 times cheaper and takes 75 times shorter than license one house does?
And please, don't for one moment, think this is about me. Me got forgot a long time ago, I'd be loads better off if I sold the houses, this is about getting the tenants back where they should be, a choice if they want to move or unhappy with their Landlord or house. Licensing has took that choice away.