Licensing proposed for Loughborough during crisis!

by Mick Roberts

9:01 AM, 6th October 2020
About 2 weeks ago

Licensing proposed for Loughborough during crisis!

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Licensing proposed for Loughborough during crisis!

Selective Licensing is being proposed for Loughborough, and they ain’t even telling Landlords publicly. A mate of mine who is going to be affected by this has asked for all of you with properties in Loughborough to be aware.

Charnwood Borough Council are consulting on two licensing schemes, one to capture all smaller HMOs in Loughborough where 3 to 4 tenants reside and the other, a Selective Licensing scheme where all family housing will be licensed.

Why during the worst crisis, the UK has faced since World War II, with many tenants becoming unemployed is the council hell-bent on rolling out a couple of costly licensing schemes which will force rents up making families homeless.

The 10-week consultation runs until 23rd October, strangely the council have decided not to consult on the proposed conditions for these schemes despite the Housing Act 2004, section 56 and section 80 clearly stating that councils need to take reasonable steps to consult properly with landlords and other stakeholders.

Many Loughborough landlords are asking how can they respond properly to Charnwood Borough Council’s consultations when they do not include the proposed conditions, even Nottingham an area with loads of licensing published draft conditions as part of their various licensing scheme consultations.

Cllr Paul Mercer, lead member for private housing said: We have a lot of good landlords in across Charnwood who understand their responsibilities and care about their tenants but there are also some properties which are of poor quality and badly managed. They can have an adverse impact on the local neighbourhood, with issues such as anti-social behaviour, higher levels of crime and lowering demand for housing.

“The proposed licensing schemes will be looking to address these issues and ensure landlords meet the conditions of the licences.

“I would encourage residents, landlords and local businesses to read the draft policy documents and give their views in the online survey.”

Funny the Councillor mentions the conditions but, where are they?

Nottingham has similar licensing schemes and no evidence has been put forward to suggest anti-social behaviour or crime improves because of them. If you talk to the resident groups they will tell you in student areas that nothing has changed.

Talk to tenants, and they will tell you their rents are going up as landlords pass the cost of licensing on to them and talk to social housing providers, and they will tell you more people are seeking social housing as the private rented sector is becoming too expensive. Nottingham now faces the highest housing lists in the East Midlands, a position that was not apparent before licensing came in.

Any Council officer that is ever thinking of starting Selective Licensing because they think it will find some bad Landlords. They are 100% correct.

Just as if you stop every single car coming into the city, you will find some drugs. Just as if you stop every single train travelling, you will stop some crashes.

Do the Police stop every single car? No, because the economy would stall. Do we stop every single train from travelling? No because we know the side effects will be much worse.

However, we all know the side effects of ‘fining’ in way of Licensing fees. EVERY SINGLE Landlord who gets ALL HIS money from his tenant. Rent pays for EVERYTHING. You increase the costs of EVERYTHING, you increase the rent. If the rent becomes unaffordable, the Landlord sells, just like every other business stops when costs or admin or trouble becomes too much. Charging EVERY Landlord, Landlords who have done nothing wrong results in massive side effects which we all know really hurts tenants.

Nottingham Dec 2019 had taken in 20,000 Licence fees and found 200 houses with faults. That is awful statistics. 19,800 have had side effects, so much so that Landlords are selling, not taking anyone less than perfect, the average tenant is suffering. My tenants can’t move anywhere. I’m rubbing my hands in glee, no voids, no doing up houses in between. It’s very good for me now the awful pain and costs of Licensing the houses is over. But what about the tenants? Licensing is supposed to be for them, but it’s made them much worse off. Rents are through the roof and their choice of being able to move has gone.

Please go ask your Charnwood Councillors who may be rubbing their hands in glee at some lovely Landlord income, to go ask the Nottingham Council Homeless section how they are faring. Ask them how many are in their hostels, families with kids sharing kitchens in Covid-19 times. Ask them how long they are there for? I know because I get these tenants ringing me for houses.

Ask the Council Homeless section what they say when tenants ring up with impending eviction.

Do not ask the Councillors overseeing Licensing as they will tell you they have found some Landlords that haven’t Licensed. Yet I will tell you these Landlords had perfectly good houses and have now been fined with Rent repayment orders and are now exiting the market. Tenants temporary win, yet lose long term as fewer houses=more costs.

To respond to the council consultation, click on the link

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DXCXFXJ


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Comments

LaLo

17:48 PM, 10th October 2020
About 2 weeks ago

I've not seen any advertising/publicity anywhere re licensing, not even in the local free newspaper as it would be counterproductive to what the council now want - money. Tenants can claim back a years worth of rent too, whose side are they likely to be on? The only way I found out was by going on the council website 'regularly'! Councils are very sn----ky, I've had 25 years experience of it.

Anthony Endsor

23:36 PM, 10th October 2020
About A week ago

These licensing schemes do not benefit anyone, as has been proved time ,and time, and time again. When are people going to learn? It's a lose-lose for tenants and landlords. Rents go up to pay for licensing, houses become unaffordable, landlord sells, less choice for evicted tenant, rents go up again.
Greater Manchester has been looking at licensing for a few months now. In anticipation, both of my tenants have already received notice as neither are willing or able to pay higher rents, so there's another 2 tenants the Council will have to find houses for, as no one else will.

Mick Roberts

6:17 AM, 11th October 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by John Daley at 10/10/2020 - 16:51
I believe they haven't published the conditions that Landlords & tenants will be subject to.
And as Lalo says, how are they telling the Landlords they consulting? They don't know the vast majority of the Landlords as in Nottingham. They only know the few bad ones they've heard of.

Mick Roberts

6:18 AM, 11th October 2020
About A week ago

Reply to the comment left by Anthony Endsor at 10/10/2020 - 23:36
Yes Anthony Lose Lose Lose. U say it exactly as it is, rent goes up, Landlords sells, & so on.

Northernpleb

9:06 AM, 12th October 2020
About A week ago

In reply LA/Lo, Yes some ` Councils have launched,` Screw your landlord` online webb sites for Tenants to claim back rent.`
It is now open season on Landlords , As far has The Government , Councils, No win no fee Solicitors, and Non paying property damaging Tenants .

John Daley

11:04 AM, 16th October 2020
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 11/10/2020 - 06:17The duty for the Council is to consult on their proposals with anyone who might be affected by their proposals. Not individually but it would be reasonable to expect them to advise the community in general, community groups, local parish councils, key stakeholders, any identifiable representative groups.
So if there is a LL group locally and the Council are aware of it then I would expect them to be included in the consultation.

Gromit

13:23 PM, 16th October 2020
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by John Daley at 16/10/2020 - 11:04
Consultations by Government (local or central) are a total sham, done only to put a tick in the box, and then they do what they want anyway.

Mick Roberts

15:06 PM, 16th October 2020
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by John Daley at 16/10/2020 - 11:04
Problem is, there is many many Landlords that just don't get told or don't know. They doing a fine job of keeping house good for tenants, but they just don't get told about Licensing. My typical example of very common not knowing is the overseas Landlords.

Landlady in America had no clue, tenant been there 7 years, very happy with each other, she sold. Had enough. Licensing wun't let an overseas Landlord have a License. Why not? Some authorities tried to say must live within 20 miles of house, or one hour. One hour by what? The crow? Rocket ship?

Mick Roberts

15:07 PM, 16th October 2020
About 5 days ago

Reply to the comment left by Gromit at 16/10/2020 - 13:23
Ha ha Yes, they consult. And they do a Brian Clough Special. We all have to agree the Council are getting their own way.

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