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The RLA has welcomed the Government’s rejection of an application by Brent Council to extend its licensing scheme for privately rented housing.
This follows a similar ruling last month when an application by Liverpool City Council to renew its citywide landlord licensing scheme was rejected.
The Residential Landlords Association argues that such licensing schemes are ineffective and are brought in by councils who want to be seen to be doing something to tackle criminal landlords without actually doing anything to root them out. Local authorities are also accused by the RLA of using licensing schemes as a cash machine.
John Stewart, Policy Manager for the Residential Landlords Association, said:
“We all want to see bad landlords driven out of the sector. However, licensing is not the answer. All it does is identify the good landlords who register and then tax them. They do nothing to flush out the criminals who stay under the radar.
“Instead, councils should use the wealth of data they can already access to find landlords and target resources to properly enforce the wide range of powers they have to deal with unsafe and sub-standard rented housing.”
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