14:33 PM, 14th November 2016, About 6 years ago 12
I am a busy landlady and campaigner for good landlords. At the moment we are studying this consultation by the DCLG and it is another nightmare of tricks for the compliant HMO operator. We have a chain of HMO’s and it is terrifying.
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It was published in mid October and will close in mid December. They are piling on all these changes at once. Our local Landlords Association, SEAL in Southend on Sea, which formed to fight Selective Licensing in 2012, and got it shelved, is meeting to work out a response on Tuesday.
At the moment my objections are : –
There is a lot about student blocks, we have experience of the shared student houses but not of the blocks so others will comment on that.
So we are experiencing the Universal Credit effect of not taking DSS tenants, so the bottom of the market is restricted to the rougher cheaper properties and their less careful owners.
Then we have the tenant tax and the crushing effect on entrepreneurship and peoples plans for the past decade.
Now we have this HMO Consultation.
All of the above add up to higher rents and restricting the vulnerable bottom of the market to the likely crooks.
I hope to work out an alternative proposal to put to them. We did that with Selective Licensing to great success according to the Council, the Police and our Members. We plan to rope both our MP’s into regular catch ups with the above as the theme with the promise of not voting for them in a few years time.