It’s time for me to share some controversial views on why I believe landlord licensing to be a pointless exercise I think.
Now don’t get me wrong, I hate the fact that a very small minority of bad landlords have earned our profession a bad reputation. However, it appears they might be a necessary evil too.
Allow me to explain.
What’s more important, a safe house or a safe car?
What’s more important to deal with, a woman driving at 5mph over the speed limit whilst taking her kids to school or a street full of over crowded houses and people living in beds in sheds?
Hopefully all readers will come to the same conclusion.
Now let’s look at the reality, which does most resource go into policing?
My point is this, if your car has bits dropping off it and the lights and indicators don’t work the Police will soon pull you over won’t they?
The Councils and the Police know where these dangerous and over crowded properties are but they don’t take action but why?
My conclusion is that Councils are motivated by their budgets. If they make a prosecution it costs them money. If they win they don’t get the money from the fines, therefore it can never be self funding. Also, if an Environmental Health Officer closes down an unsafe or over-crowded rental property that again affects the Councils budgets as they have to re-house the occupiers.
It’s a sad reality of life isn’t it? People only live in squalid conditions when there is no other choice.
Sadly, there are far too many unenforced laws.
There are other examples of laws being unenforced too.
Sale and Rent Back is supposedly regulated these days so why are the regulators not making an example out of illegal operators> How many have even been prosecuted this year?
Property Sourcing is supposedly regulated under the Estate Agents Act 1979. However, how many of the dodgy dealers touting supposed below market value properties have been prosecuted for not belonging to a redress scheme, as per the law?
We don’t need more regulation, we just need regulations to be enforced!
What are your thoughts?