Registered with Property118.com
Wednesday 13th November 2013
I am an NLA accredited landlord; I rent flats in London to young professionals that I self manage. I have been a landlord since November 2010.
I also work for a nationally recognised landlord’s association as a landlord advisor.
In addition, I founded, authored and coded lodgersite.com, a specialist advice website for live in landlords, after being both a live in landlord and a lodger. The site contains detailed up to date legal, tax and financial information, and some blogs which were written with the intention of fostering better understanding and day to day relations between resident landlords and lodgers.
I was one of a group of landlords involved in the campaign against Croydon Council’s landlord licensing scheme.
While I am most definitely not prepared to defend bad landlords, and I believe that landlords should be prepared to educate themselves and adhere to legislation and good practice, I am against landlord licensing at a local level because there is too much evidence of sloppily drafted licensing rules, enforcement and implementation, as well as the likelihood that the main motivation behind many schemes is to raise revenue.
However, the private rental sector does need reforming for many reasons, and it is currently subject to much ad hoc legislation and taxation measures, which hopefully a fully regulated industry would help to avoid. I therefore believe landlords should be licensed at a NATIONAL level (for all UK nations) with properly run organisations or government agencies administering the national schemes.
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