9:44 AM, 13th February 2018, About 3 years ago 11
Telford and Wrekin council wanted to impose a Selective Licensing scheme for Landlords, but had 900 responses to its consultation resulting in the scheme being dropped.
This is the most feedback the council has ever received to a consultation with a significant backlash to the plans. Landlords are no longer faced with purchasing a five year licence for now.
Instead Telford and Wrekin are investing in a five point crack down across the entire borough to tackle rental property related issues using a ‘rogue landlord task force’, stricter HMO licence regulations and more enforcement officers.
A spokesperson for the council said: “We have to invest in this, working with others and partnership to make it work. If it doesn’t, we might have to revisit selective licensing. We’re satisfied and confident there’s as many people as possible on board and that we’re going to make it work.”
Wrekin Landlord Association Facebook page comments from local landlords:
“I would like say a big Thank you to all the members of Wrekin Landlords Association who attended the numerous drop ins and other council and parish meetings to point out to the councillors that they already had the necessary power to tackle rogue landlords without the introduction of selective licencing. Particularly when additional licencing would have been the correct way to tackle the problems associated with HMOs.”
“Absolutely fantastic news to all involved with opposing the councils licensing scheme ! Some very hard work and input from all. It will be brilliant to tackle the rogues and praise the decent landlords out there!”
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