Council declares war on Landlords while stealing housing from them

Council declares war on Landlords while stealing housing from them

11:01 AM, 7th June 2021, About 2 weeks ago 20

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A council has explicitly announced it’s “on the side of tenants against landlords”. Totally ignoring the fact that landlords are its citizens too. And citizens they are legally required to serve!

To date, this council boasts that it has stolen £320,000 worth of housing by way of rent repayment orders in respect of tenants who have had somewhere to live courtesy of private landlords, but where the council has been able to steal-back all the rent, “because the landlords have not licensed their properties, the law permits the council to steal £320,000 worth of housing by taking back all the rent, so the landlord gets zero.”  In most cases the landlord will also have been fined at least £12,000 for not having a licence as well, that goes straight into the council’s coffers.

The decision was approved by the council after a  ‘consultation’ last year and now Councillor Eve McQuillan, responsible for the authority’s planning and social inclusion, makes it clear that the licensing is not for the benefit of landlords.

She says: “Too many landlords in the borough still fail in their obligations to their tenants. Landlord licensing has been a game-changer for us to take action against rogue landlords so I’m really pleased we’ve extended the Selective Licensing Scheme.

“We’re very clear that we’re on the side of tenants and want to see big reforms in the private rented sector to reset the balance of power between landlords and renters.”  With which statement she shows she absolutely chooses not to understand that the tenants already hold all the power and landlords nil, but there are no votes in that because they and the voters have all been brainwashed by Shelter and the like.

What she forgot to mention was; “Because we are making a massive amount of money stripping landlords of their assets through £millions in licensing fees and the £multi-millions of fines we can trump-up against decent landlords.

The current Selective Licensing Scheme has been in operation in parts of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets since October 2016 and has put a legal duty on landlords and agents responsible for the privately rented properties to apply for a licence.

The council says: “Since its launch, the scheme has allowed for the effective management of rented properties to prevent and deal with anti-social behaviour originating from the private rented sector and has made overall improvements to property conditions across these neighbourhoods.

“Tower Hamlets will now focus on enforcing several areas to ensure the standards of the scheme are upheld. This includes issuing fines to landlords or agents who fail to license their properties; effective management of rent properties to prevent anti-social behaviour and taking action against landlords or agents who fail to maintain their properties to a good standard.”

Isn’t it interesting that whereas the police and the council combined have totally failed to deal with anti-social behaviour of people, they claim it can be fixed by making landlords responsible.

But wait, it means there’s something else councils can fine landlords for when surprise, surprise, little landlords can’t do what the combined power of the councils and the police couldn’t manage. I believe that’s called a set-up!

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, adds: “The extension of the Selective Licensing Scheme ensures we can continue to protect tenants and drive up the quality of private rented accommodation.  We are using the powers at our disposal to protect renters and want the government to let us do even more, so we can extend the scheme borough-wide. We will continue to stick up for the rights of renters and keep lobbying the government on this.”

Based on an analysis of the London Rogue Landlord database by Landlord Licensing & Defence, Currently only 11th in the league table of Landlord bashing with only 1.8% of the landlord fines, Tower Hamlets has obviously looked in awe at the 39% share of the £multi-million landlord fines market taken by London Borough of Camden and the 15% share enjoyed by Waltham Forest and needs to up its game to generate the revenue it so obviously lusts after.

Council after council in the UK is turning away from old-school professional housing officers and replacing them with Housing Enforcement Officers who are revenue generation experts with little care for housing quality and totally focussed on extorting money from landlords, all of whom they are indoctrinated to believe are criminals by definition. We regularly see councils helping themselves to between 25% and 50% of a rental property’s asset value. Many sensible landlords are selling up and getting out while they can.

It is war, and it is a war that landlords will not win. The biggest losers however will be the tenants where there will be fewer rental homes and rent will go up as they heap additional costs and risks on landlords. Citizens for whom councils have shirked their responsibility to build social housing for decades now and who cannot afford to buy the properties that landlord are offloading. But councils do not care about them, about landlords or in fact about anything but revenue generation. Councils across the land are out of control.



Comments

by David Price

13:42 PM, 8th June 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by TrevL at 08/06/2021 - 13:16
Then along comes the council and offers alternative council accommodation, not to those who need it but to those who are good paying tenants, leaving the PRS with the defaulting tenants. I know its happening to me right now.

by Chris @ Possession Friend

15:52 PM, 8th June 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by David Price at 08/06/2021 - 13:42
PRS Landlords need to be getting as Choosy, if not more than the Council.

by David Price

16:04 PM, 8th June 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by Chris @ Possession Friend at 08/06/2021 - 15:52
Problem is when I get a good tenant the council poach them but are always asking me to house their benefit tenats at a reduced rent.

by colette

16:06 PM, 8th June 2021, About 2 weeks ago

I do not have hmo's and my properties are all in Wales but if a landlord maintains properties, gets licenses and does whatever is required by their local authority and any relevant legislation then one would assume none of the foregoing would apply to them. If these landlords were fined for not being licensed then that is their fault is it not

by Chris @ Possession Friend

18:09 PM, 8th June 2021, About 2 weeks ago

Reply to the comment left by TheBiggerPicture at 07/06/2021 - 14:31@BiggerPicture - That's right, they say landlords can't put rent up but some still want to enact rent Control i.e. Sad Khan.
However Social Housing and Councils since 2010 have been able to charge 'Affordable Rent' [sic] which is about 30% above market rent. The mad thing is, they also get paid it from Benefits ( Yes, Tax-payers )

by Mick Roberts

9:01 AM, 12th June 2021, About A week ago

Excuse my delay,
Still years behind on my emails.
Great words Des & Phil,
To date, this council boasts that it has stolen £320,000 worth of housing by way of rent repayment orders in respect of tenants who have had somewhere to live courtesy of private landlords,
A lot of u say some great words.
They don't get it do they, the more they do this, the more the good Landlords pack up, or only take top class tenants next time. This Govt & Councils & Shelter & building up theirselves a massive problem of homeless for the Benefit tenants.
My words below I've sent to the National Audit office who I've now got to start an investigation into Nottingham Council to see if waste of money.
And Audit office only start this very serious thing if it looks like a waste of money which they have indicated from my evidence it is.
We supposed to be making houses better for tenants, not fining Landlords a years rent for no license. When the house they find has no faults.
They bring the Licenses in like making up something, then start fining people for not paying the trumped up charge-Whereas before they were breaking no rules as doing nothing wrong.
Interesting, all misdemeanours are just for failing to License. Look at the Financial Penalties mounting up. Who keeps this money?
And don't look like finding a lot of houses wrong out of now 24,000 fees. Approx £14 million is a lot of money that tenants are getting worse deal in return.
https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/housingoffences
Date: 09/04/2021
Offence: Failure to licence under Section 95(1) Housing Act 2004
Financial Penalty: £6,000
CPN
Date: 01/12/2020
Offence: Failure to licence under Section 95(1) Housing Act 2004
Financial Penalty: £2,217.73
Prosecution
Date: 04/12/2020
Offence: Two offences of failure to licence properties under section 95(1) and section 72(1) of the Housing Act 2004
Financial Penalty: £3,928.44
etc. etc.

by Landlord Phil

10:23 AM, 12th June 2021, About A week ago

I have no licenced property. If any become licensable, my policy is that rent must go up to cover the cost. I will licence if I need to. However, if the rent becomes unrealistic, that's just tough. The tenent can choose to exercise their right to leave. Then I'll sell at the top of the market. Same goes for any cost I am forced to accept. Why? Because I'm sick of this kind of ridiculous behaviour. My business model is being forcibly changed, so I will change with it. I used to enjoy being a landlord, now I don't care. I'm investing elsewhere. Let's hand over the housing problem to gov. They want us out, so fine, take the win & take the problems with it. Property isn't the only investment vehicle out there. I used to feel I was helping people while earning money. I don't any more. If gov don't care, why should I?

by Mick Roberts

10:41 AM, 12th June 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Landlord Phil at 12/06/2021 - 10:23
Yes that's the thing, some of us genuinely help people get a house where they otherwise might not be able to & this then becomes their home.
I feel I'm certainly helping people when I undercharge for years when Benefits don't increase the rates, & especially now when I wish to sell a lot of the houses today this week now, but won't do this as tenants regard this as their home for life.
And all Licensing is doing is forcing some of us away. Along with all the other crap Govt & Councils throw at us.

I could understand if we was manipulating exploiting the tenants charging top whack not doing the repairs & living by the pool. But when u know u could earn more elsewhere for less time & u are genuinely only keeping the house for the tenant, the authorities should wake up to this fact & not be blinded by the odd bad Landlord.

by David Price

12:24 PM, 12th June 2021, About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Landlord Phil at 12/06/2021 - 10:23
I wholeheartedly endorse your attitude.

by Chris @ Possession Friend

13:45 PM, 12th June 2021, About A week ago

Trading is making me 1 % / a ' DAY '


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