I am having to make 350 people homeless this year!

I am having to make 350 people homeless this year!

14:04 PM, 5th March 2018, About 6 years ago 38

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Sajid Javid wants more houses building, but his other policies are forcing thousands to be homeless with Nottingham City Council’s Selective Licensing.

My Letter to Sajid Javid,

Dear Sajid

I am having to make 350 people homeless this year because of your decision to allow this Selective Licensing.

You have granted Nottingham Council permission for Selective Licensing, but are you aware of the conditions they are imposing of Nottingham Landlords and tenants?

They can only be implemented if we use a Letting Agent. Letting Agents will not take my Housing Benefit tenants along with the internal damage they have caused on doors etc. What do we do?

A simple solution would be to do it on new tenancies, as most things are done when bringing in big changes like this.

I have no problem in the few letting agent tenants I have passing these conditions, but it will be impossible for the rest to comply. I am not a Policeman, I don’t live with them 24 hours a day.

I urge you act quickly & get involved because you granted this permission without realising there are some very different people out there.

I await your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Mick Roberts      


COMPLAINT-Last stage before Ombudsman

Dear Nottingham City Council,

Regarding Selective Licensing.

I am having to make 350 people homeless this year because of your decision to allow this Selective Licensing.

I emailed you a lot of letters & questions on the 18 Feb, but you have yet not replied.

I understand you have 27000 homes.

Could u if asked, license all your home’s between April and August this year?

Would you have the funds to spend between £600 and £2000 per house all in 4 months?

EVERY house?

Could u with all your existing current tenants comply with all the conditions asked of selective Licensing?
Would you have the admin staff to do it?
Would you have the builders to do it?

If they you NCH can’t do this, how can I be expected to do this?

You probably have more staff ratio per houses than I do.

But I do manage my houses well as is, and all new boilers, new kitchens, doors, windows etc.

But if you couldn’t do what is asked of Selective Licensing, how can I be expected to?

These are the proposed conditions


The conditions are IMPOSSIBLE with my existing current tenants. I primarily have Housing Benefit tenants, I have housed the homeless that the council have sent me over the past 20 years.

You now wish to enforce more stringent than Letting Agent rules on the homeless tenants you have sent me.

I have a problem with a Council house fence next to mine. You told me & my tenant & your tenant they have to wait 9 months, before you start the next schedule of works. Yet the same council is asking me complete a mammoth schedule of works on LOTS of houses within 4 months?

You are seriously going to have to look into my situation. I have gave 10 households section 21 notices already. Approx 50 people including kids to be made homeless.

Housing Aid has asked me to please not issue any more, to see what can be done.

My solicitor has said it could take years for me to evict all my tenants. Due to the sheer amount and workload and court workload etc.

You have asked for the impossible.

You are saying we must have a License.

You are saying we must pay between £600 and £2000.

But you are also giving us the most stringent conditions that will not work with EXISTING tenants that YOU SAME COUNCIL HAVE ASKED US TO TAKE before u bought out these conditions.

I await your reply with urgency as the clock is ticking.


Licensing me to Questions 3 March 18

You asking for Right to rent check. How’s this going to work with Non resident Landlord? Letting Agents are telling me they have quite a few Landlords who live overseas, Landlords from China too.
What about the bloke in Spain that’s renting a house to a family in the UK who are very happy?
They fail the Right to rent, what now?
Are the tenants to be made homeless?
Who is keeping these logs u ask for? He can’t keep them in Spain. Then is the License for the Agent of the Landlord?

What if I was planning to retire to Spain in 10 years? 30 year plan from 20 years ago.  Can I not do that now?

Accreditation is only for 3 years? So I have to pay another £840 in 3 years?
Along with the time of the accreditation course?
And the time in inspecting the houses with the Inspector?

Your Licensing fee, including the stringent works you will require:

You want more than the whole annual maintenance bill on ALL my houses together.
You want more than my whole annual mortgage bill

You want 1/3 of my annual rents on the License fee . Where is the money coming from?


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Mick Roberts

12:53 PM, 6th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Yvonne Francis at 06/03/2018 - 12:36
I am the ruddy protest group ha ha.
But yeah me & almost all Landlords feel the same.
I've just had the head of the council reply Jon Collins. He just ain't listening to our concerns & he just rattles on about £2pw to which I am saying:

Where do you get £2pw from?
What about the accreditation cost? Which in my case is £840 EVERY 3 years.
The Landlords so far that have had the DASH checks are getting bills of £700 upwards.
Add up the Licence fee £400.
Add the DASH fee £120.
Add the works fee £1000.
Add the Letting Agents set up fee £600.
Add the Letting Agents weekly 10% + VAT of rent fee £15.23 PER WEEK. £791 PER YEAR.
The Elec certificate you wanted which has now been appealed £200 per property.
Who’s doing & paying for these floor plans you require on a tenant that lived there 20 years that’s not interested in floor plans?
We are over £3,000 per property in the first year. I may be exaggerating these figures, but you don’t but a house thinking you never gonna’ spend a penny on it. You budget for ‘what could happen’.

Luke P

13:16 PM, 6th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 06/03/2018 - 12:53
Just a cursory glance of the conditions and thumb-turn locks, decor and graffiti couldn't be made conditions following Brown v Hyndburn Borough Council. I'm sure there's many more.

NW Landlord

11:32 AM, 7th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Surely this outright demolition of an industry can’t last something really is going to give soon these loons in government are making the housing crisis so much worse and causing so much stress to the stakeholders in the process. These councils are extorting money vire licensing and empty houses council tax and then squander it through inefficiency and bone idleness. We all know if our houses arnt up to scratch the they won’t let why should we pay some faceless jobsworths money to tell us how to run our business it is making my blood boil it really is.


19:11 PM, 7th March 2018, About 6 years ago

The Government do not see the problem, that they created, yet. Until then it'll only get worse, then when they see the problems they then take time to confirm it is a problem (countless inquires/consultations/studies), then prepare draft legislation, debate in Parliament and bring in to Law. Let's say 3-5 years from now.


20:27 PM, 7th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by NW Landlord at 07/03/2018 - 11:32
This destruction of the PRS is happening under a Conservative government too. The alternative is Jeremy Corbyn, and the situation will be worse, much worse under Labour. I foresee rent controls and a return to secure tenancies if they get in - and let's face it, it is probably 50:50 that they do.

Even as a risk management measure, exiting the market seems a sensible step. I wonder whether commercial property might be a viable alternative - I don't know anything much about it, but at I doubt Corbyn will interfere with it too much.

I hear that there is also talk of allowing commercial property to be more easily converted to residential property, which could mean massive capital gains.


22:53 PM, 7th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Barry Fitzpatrick at 07/03/2018 - 19:11
Seeing aside any political views I hope the conservatives get back in so that they have to rectify the mess they have caused.

Mick Roberts

7:36 AM, 8th March 2018, About 6 years ago

There's more news, they've now put the price up to £780 & £520. Unbelievable!

Barry, I agree. I reckon 2021 they gonna' come begging to Private Landlords & realise their polices & attacks on us have messed up big time.

Luke P

7:57 AM, 8th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 08/03/2018 - 07:36
But hasn’t consultation closed??

Monty Bodkin

7:58 AM, 8th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 08/03/2018 - 07:36
Where do you get that from Mick?
Says here 'only' £655 & £400


"reducing the cost of the scheme for landlords who already have accreditation, from £460 down to £400.
The cost of a licence for non-accredited landlords is now proposed to be £655 over the five-year period of the scheme.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, the city council’s portfolio holder for planning, housing and heritage, commented: “The introduction of a licensing scheme for private landlords was a key commitment made in our Council Plan. The majority of private tenants who responded to the consultation were in favour of a scheme.
 “We have listened carefully to the issues raised in the consultation and made changes to the proposed scheme without losing focus on the improvements it sets to achieve in the overall standard of private rented housing in the city.
“Reducing the cost of the licence for landlords who have accreditation creates even more of an incentive for landlords ...."

Mick Roberts

8:08 AM, 8th March 2018, About 6 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Luke P at 08/03/2018 - 07:57
Consultation has closed but they can still do what they like with pricing & conditions.

Yes the prices changed yesterday afternoon, will be probably made more public soon. They use the words proposed in the July 17 article.

It's shocking, someone somewhere should be allowed to look at this. What's to stop them charging 2k? 3k?

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