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Government has announced today a review to look at how selective licensing is used and find out how well it is working.
In areas where selective licensing applies, landlords must apply for a licence if they want to rent out a property. This means the council can check whether they are a “fit or proper person” to be a landlord, as well as making other stipulations concerning management of the property and appropriate safety measures.
The review will see independent commissioners gather evidence from local authorities and bodies representing landlords, tenants and housing professionals.
The review’s findings will be reported in spring 2019. There will be an update on progress in autumn this year.Government announcement
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About time .
Seriously. How do you think this is going to go?
One of my properties, that I spent a fortune doing up fell into one of these areas.
I get the pleasure of paying the council £750 every 3 years and they do Jack Shit.
Oh yes, I had to send in my Gas Safety Cert.
If it's about proving quality accommodation, why can't I pay £100 for the building inspector to come out once every 5 years.
Stealth tax. Nothing more, nothing less.
Its a good earner for Councils
I think I am right in saying when a Council used SL it could not make a profit
I think this changed now so the councils will see revenue ?????
Learn Change and Adapt ?????
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So at some point in the future all landlords will be licensed.? no matter how many you own,and not just HMO?
The bodies representing landlords can hopefully fight our corner,it could be a positive step forward, my worry is that all the councils will stitch us up with a cost for each property.
I'd be happy to pay a fee,providing its not extortionate.
Vanessa and all, its about time I joined an organisation
What is the best one, would this be the RLA or NLA
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"In areas where selective licensing applies, landlords must apply for a licence if they want to rent out a property."
This isn't strictly true, selective licensing is riddled with exceptions but broadly appears to apply to residential landlords letting on an AST. Licences and common law tenancies are excluded as are commercial leases.
All rentals should be controlled, by licencing and LL registered. Any unfit properties should be closed down and the LL liable for tenants alternative accommodation while property brought up to standard.Failure by LL to do this within say 3months should be heavy fines and final sanction of property being confiscated.Those with mortgages remain liable for the debt outstanding. Don't mess around sort out the broken property market now. Confiscated property taken into a National Housing Association and rented out. This will over time create a new housing stock for social use replacing all those council houses sold. Excess funds used to build homes.This way you could solved the housing market very quickly and create housing for those in need at fair rents. Failure to do this will result in massive social disorder with the army forced onto the streets to control the situation. The whole social structure of the Uk is breaking down if not already broken.
Governments fail to realize how serious the position is as a fair and just rental system with ownership provides for a stable environment and helps economic growth long term.
Landlords are in a huge postion of trust
I have a spare key for every property I own
The mind boggles to think that so far we are not licenced
If I get in a Taxi they have a Licence
If I get on a Bus they have a Licence
If I work as a Doorman I have a Licence
If I go and work with the Scouts I have to have a CRB check
It has got to come and I agree with it
As and EX Plod and a JP I am fully a wear of Criminals who own Property One was a Gun Man on Bank Jobs
a great deal of money laundering goes on with Property
It's common sense we should be checked and If we are not fit and proper persons the Management would have to be done via a Agent who is licencedThere should be background checks on Landlords and a Licence issued.