Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Bath and NE Somerset Council have introduced a basic DBS check as part of its new licensing requirements. It also has a Fit and Proper Person form that must be completed by the proposed licence holder.
If you lie when signing the declaration the Council says it can prosecute you – fair enough.
The declaration for the F&PP form states;
“And to the best of my knowledge (i) to (iv) above do not apply to anyone who is associated with me whether on a personal, work or other basis (includes husband, wife, colleague, business partner and employees).”
As I see it, having signed to say you don’t have ANY unspent convictions, the DBS check becomes irrelevant. What is more, it is a time consuming process.
Furthermore, it is absurd to expect a landlord to know if cleaners, plumbers or electricians have unspent convictions, rendering that part of the declaration meaningless.
Clearly, the Council doesn’t trust landlords, but do they apply the same standards to other agencies, such as the local housing association, the university accommodation office of the staff of Unite?
This requirement seems too onerous to me and contravenes my human rights in that the Council blatantly doesn’t trust any private landlords.
Where do we stand on this do you think?
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