Landlord licencing scheme boundaries released by Newham Council

Landlord licencing scheme boundaries released by Newham Council

9:06 AM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago 38

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Details of the highly controversial Landlord Licencing Scheme boundaries have been released by Newham Council. As of January 2013 it seems likely that landlords within the catchment area could have to pay landlord licencing scheme fees of as much as £500 a year for each property they wish to let or risk fines of up to £20,000. Do not be fooled into thinking this only affects landlords with property in Newham. If this scheme is deemed to be a success how long do you think it will be until it is rolled out Nationally?

Landlord Licencing scheme debate - Mark Alexander and the Mayor of Newham

What do you think this caption should read?

As can be seen from this picture during a debate I had with the Mayor of Newham earlier this year I was none too impressed with his proposals back then. At that time he was trying to assure me that landlord licencing scheme fees would only be £30 a year! I think we ought to have a caption competition for this picture don’t you? Please leave your caption in the comments section below this article. I will add my favourite caption to the picture. As much as the proposed landlord licencing scheme may make you want to swear, please do not use foul language.

Details of Newham Council’s selective and additional licensing scheme have been made available online that state the boundaries of the area in question requiring licences, as of January 2013. The council is the first to undertake such a large, wholescale landlord licensing scheme

The scheme is hoped to improve the standard of private rented properties in the area and to improve the growing anti-social behaviour problem but landlord groups have argued that the Council already have sufficient powers to deal with the any problems. Landlord groups have also commented that the shocking propaganda being used by the Council is grossly unfair. Clearly there is a major housing issue in the area as the Council were recently accused of attempts of social cleansing when they looked to do a deal with Stoke on Trent to ship out their benefits claimants. Landlords who are found to be unlicensed could be hit with fines of up to £20,000 while breaking the terms of the licence could mean fines of up to £5,000.

View the full release and details of the selective and additional licensing boundaries here

What’s your view on the Newham Landlord Licencing Scheme?

At we are very keen to hear the views of all landlords nationally regarding the Newham Landlord Licencing scheme. How would the creation of such a scheme in your area affect your attitude to investment in property?

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17:58 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago


18:05 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

Yes, I said £30 - but there again I've had trouble counting since I lost the thumb on my left hand!

18:19 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

looks like this council is just trying to justify raising additional revenue to fill their funding gap.

I also read an article last week that a council were going to charge council tax on each room for a HMO property instead of one charge on the whole property. They are all trying different methods of generation income. Landlords are helping them fill the shortfall in their own stock and yet now they are biting the hand that's assisting them reducing their costs by not having to house people in expensive bread and breakfast accommodation. Just does not sound fair to me.

Jamie M

18:20 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

This would bankrupt me, I have 35 properties and have to pay £17500 a year, for what. What did i and thousands of honest law abiding landlords do to these socialist morons. This is a smoke screen for their complete inability to address their housing issues. Blame the private landlord and fine him, and if he doesn't play ball destroy him completely. I would encourage and lead mass action against these sinister politically driven manipulators of our society. No landlord should pay a penny to this or any other scheme. Tell them to get on with doing what they are paid far too well to do, their job! No Its our fault, the landlord, hated and vilified by the govt, every local authority and the press, how easy.
This is lipstick on a pig!
J Moodie

18:24 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

Outrageous fees. Will have to be passed on to tenants or will have to sell properties affected. Totally counterproductive

Roger Edwards

18:31 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

If all landlords got together against this council and refused to pay I suspect they would back down.
If not and the council took court proceedings a class action which would cost landlords very little each . I rather suspect a judge would be swayed by the people verses the council leaving it with a bloody nose which they deserve.

19:09 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

We have had selective licensing in Manchester for almost 5
years, it end on 4.8.2012. The good landlords like me registered, the bad ones
did not and continued to let unsafe houses. There are several exemptions from
having to license, like the landlord shares a kitchen or bathroom with the landlord
or the tenancy is over 21 years.

Watch out for the small print of the conditions. In
Manchester I was the only one to object to the rule that a landlord is
responsible for not only the tenants but the tenants visitors behaviour, even thought
that is country to the "Northern Ireland Judgement" a judicial reviews
undertake by the Landlords Association of Northern Ireland with the Help of
Other Landlords Associations like the NWLA North West Landlord Association

19:14 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

"Let me toss a figure in the air - I can always change it later"
"You can trust me - I have the integrity of a Politician"

Joe Bloggs

19:18 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

who would trust a Scot called Wales?

Joe Bloggs

19:20 PM, 10th July 2012, About 11 years ago

the prince of wales stamps his authority on his newham fiefdom.

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