Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Come on who’s telling you to write these letters below? A few tenants have asked Licensing for proof of where the Landlord can pay £1.85pw. We all know that’s codswallop and those landlords that talk to their tenants have told them the same.
I’m having to ask for a lot of rent increases as we speak. I’ve tried keeping their rents the same, but cost have surmounted too much now. They all know it’s because of Licensing.
I feel sorry for tenants that have been given their Section 21 due to Licensing. Imagine being made homeless when you’ve done nothing wrong. All from an immoral charge plucked from thin air from the Council.
For the first time in my 20 years as a landlord I’ve had to cancel a new kitchen this week I was doing for a tenant as there was no money left after paying Licensing fees.
Below is a photo of bathroom refurbishments we are just about finishing. This bathroom is a dream for someone on benefits believe it or not. Especially someone who has been ‘let off’ paying the proper rent for the last 4 years or so. Who now has to pay more – not because of the bathroom, but because of the Licensing fee. This bathroom would have been delayed had I started paying for Licensing fees. Loads of Landlords are saying they clamping down now on refurbs & do-ups & nice stuff for tenants etc.
What Landlords are asking is, they’ve come forward, paid the fees, but apparently Nottingham got only 3000 applications out of 33000. Landlords are saying there is no way you can come inspect their houses when you haven’t even got all the Landlords you need to get and we need to know your views on that? That is a question mark by the way. About 1025 of them not been answered and someone in the next few months is going to want to know why. We have to answer questions, but Licensing don’t. It seems they are above the rules.
We urge the Government to review the proposed scheme and the areas selected to ensure they do meet the Governments conditions for Selective Licensing before the scheme is allowed to commence.
Please Click Here to sign the petition.
Can you Landlords please sign this and forward to all your contacts.
A small hope we have, but it is worth trying anything and everything. The more Licensing & Govt start to see these things, who knows.
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