A Labour Councillor admits Selective Licensing not effective

A Labour Councillor admits Selective Licensing not effective

10:30 AM, 4th March 2022, About 2 years ago 5

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We’ve started it! National Audit office looking into Nottingham Selective Licensing waste of money. Hopefully for people renting,

If Licensing doesn’t get permission to be renewed again, more landlords will accept benefit tenants again and more supply, rents have to reduce.

Please share with tenants, because every Benefit tenant in Nottingham can’t get a house as they could Pre-Licensing.

“But concerns were raised by some property owners that good landlords were paying the cost for bad landlords, and the licensing fee would only be passed to tenants in terms of rent rises. Some landlords also decided to sell up.”

Cllr Jane Lakey (Lab) added: “What we very much want to be done, is know that this is an efficient scheme, well-run, and the bold numbers on it and then make a decision.

“On a wider context, I have actually looked for reports on the effectiveness of selective licensing, and I am yet to find one.”

“Landlord Mick Roberts, which has 36 properties in the selective licensing zone, said: “I want to sell most of my houses now. Rents have gone up approximately 40 per cent in Nottingham and it has started from selective licensing. I would like it scrapped.”

Cllr Jane Lakey (Lab) added: “What we very much want to be done, is know that this is an efficient scheme, well-run, and the bold numbers on it and then make a decision”

Talk to me, Jane. You will find innocent tenants are paying through the nose for this. Benefit tenants can’t get anywhere. You read Licensing conditions and ask would you take a Benefit tenant?

Selective Licensing conditions Feb 2022

Cllr Michael Edwards Cllr Michael Edwards (Lab) said: “One of the things I have to deal with is the shoddy nature in the way private tenants are treated by private landlords – some of the stuff I have seen is appalling.

Do you think, 19800 tenants with ZERO problems should pay for 200 bad tenant houses?


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14:45 PM, 7th March 2022, About 2 years ago

Indeed, the cost of license fee, it is the tenants who ultimately pays for it through higher rents, this councils lie to them that normally your landlord will not pass this cost to them, but money does not grow on trees. We have to fund our expenses too from the rents.
Along with the strict conditions which the tenants have to comply with such conditions as anti-social behaviour, and cost of improvements is also passed on to tenants as higher is the standards higher goes the rent.

Mick Roberts

14:48 PM, 7th March 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 07/03/2022 - 14:45
Exactly. And it increases rents way more cause Landlords pack up in the Licensing area, Supply Demand, Remaining Landlords can charge what they like.


0:29 AM, 8th March 2022, About 2 years ago

Well done Mick. Hopefully other councils will see the selective licencing in Nottingham crash and burn and decide not to make their tenants and landlords suffer the same fate. We are on the Derby/Notts border and we wouldn't buy a house in Notts right now and are investing in Derbyshire instead. We are ready to buy another house, but are waiting for that delayed white paper to see if the governments' proposed policy changes make being a landlord even more pointless than it already is becoming. They seem hell bent on chasing away the good landlords who treat their tenants so well they hardly ever move on! Changes to the EPC regulations may see us having to sell our older stock and evict good long standing tenants. Tenants don't want the EPC changes and neither do the landlords. Getting 100 year old houses from a D to a C can be such a difficult task. I just don't know why they can't make the changes "from this point forward", upon change of tenant so we can sell the houses when the tenants move out if they aren't viable to upgrade. If they impose the EPC change on existing houses and tenancies then there is gonna be hell to pay.

Mick Roberts

14:43 PM, 8th March 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by TheSwan at 08/03/2022 - 00:29
That's the thing, lot of Landlords say Not buying in Licensing area. Remaining rents rocketing.

Yes my tenants can't get anywhere at all & they look at the £850 rents next door & decide my £650 rent is where to be.

I'm with u all the way on the EPC's. Making me spend 30k on a house I don't want & am only keeping it for the tenant. No Govt or Council or MP comes & asks us that.
Yes, they think 2028 is a long time away. It's nothing when I've had tenants been in same houses since 1997.

Govt & Councils should be coming to us & saying:

Mick, what can we do for u that is going to make u not sell all your houses and what can we do to entice more landlords in as we in the crap here, our hostels are full too and not emptying.
We're sorry we wanted all your 50 year old houses to have New build standards, we din't realise that would result in impossible rents for benefit tenants.

Monty Bodkin

12:32 PM, 11th March 2022, About 2 years ago

Finally sold up in Nottingham last week.

Landlord licensing was a big part of my decision to get out.

I'd been a professional (DASH registered) landlord providing quality housing in Nottingham for 12 years.

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