Should landlords have the right to refuse DSS tenants?10:43 AM, 20th May 2019
About 4 weeks ago 124
In appreciation for all the emails of support I received from all over the country in regards to my exposure in the flaws of the blanket Selective Licensing of landlords in Liverpool I promised that I would review another scheme.
Last Friday, 27th May 2016, I was interviewed on BBC radio 4 about the sham that is the Liverpool scheme. Interviewed with me on that program was Mr Tony Newman of the LGA who is also head of Croydon Landlord Licensing. Mr Newman informed us that since last October Croydon had issued 26000 licenses and had 20 prosecutions in train.
Today I am revealing why I believe all of those licencees are flawed and why, in my opinion, any proceedings or prosecutions based on the flawed conditions must fail.
The Housing Act 2004 is quite clear. One of the mandatory conditions is that a landlord must “DEMAND” references.
Croydon”s conditions actually state that a landlord must “OBTAIN” references, which is very different than to “DEMAND” references, which is the requirement that the Housing Act states.
In my opinion this is not only wrong, it is also discriminatory and illegal. Croydon do not have the authority to over ride Parliament.
The word Demand is important as sometimes there will be occasions where prospective tenants will be unable to comply. This could be because they have recently arrived perfectly legally in the country but have no home yet, or a carer who must find a home because her charge has died, or even an ex offender just out of prison. All of these people deserve accommodation and should not be discriminated against.
I conclude that the wording of the Croydon licence means that Croydon Council not only are engaging in discriminatory policies, which in itself is shocking, but they are in fact misrepresenting the actual act.
Over to you Mr Newman.
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