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  • Buy-to-Let

    RLA deem licence fee in Blackburn "unlawful"

    The RLA is warning that part of a selective licensing scheme that is currently in operation in Blackburn and Darwen is unlawful.

    In a letter to the Council, which you can read here, the RLA is concerned that the way that fees are currently being charged to landlords as part of the licensing scheme is against the law.

    Fees

    As part of the Council’s current selective licensing scheme, which came into force in 2017, a licence holder pays a fee of £750 per property, with an annual fee of £150 for that property.

    The RLA considers the part of the fee structure to be unlawful, because it is unlawful for a Council to charge an applications fee followed by an annual fee, for each year the licence is maintained.

    https://news.rla.org.uk/blackburn-and-da...tVHOPUHsOI

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    I think the whole licensing structure should be a free service to use. The cost to the council should be charged/recouped through the rouge landlords. Unfortunately its the rogues who always get away with it with minimal fines.

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    Saagar

    Disclaimer: I have no legal expertise nor am I a qualified advisor on any subject. A humble landlord using an open forum to exchange ideas and experiences. 

    Agree - or at the very least the fee should be representative of the time/resources spent on providing it. £500 to email me a form and then email a licence once I've ticked all the boxes? It simply cannot be justified, except on the basis that I am supplementing the council's budget for chasing down rogue landlords. But that is just immoral. Costs of dealing with rogue landlords should be recouped from rogue landlords.

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    If nothing else £1500 over 5 years should be a criminal act in itself. Has there been no questions asked as to why there is such a great variance in fees across the country?
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    I think the RLA have misunderstood the fee structure issued by the council. That said it is quite easy to misunderstand it if you look at how they have published the fees.
    In short, the fee is £750 for the whole 5 year period, and can be paid over 5 years at £150 pa. 
    still too much but not as much as RLA have reported. 
    Interesting how the RLA flag up other issues such as the Electrical Certs and additional works. Will certainly be tacking the council on these issues as I am licence holder for aprox 200 properties in Blackburn & Darwen.
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    I'm not surprise that they "deem" it unlawful. I am surprised that they think they decide the law, though.


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