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15:20 PM, 7th March 2019, About 3 years ago

Stoke-on-Trent back off landlord with 37 properties!

Interesting case we so far have fought off selective licensing in Brighton however i am sure they will try again. What is annoying is the comment from the cabinet minister “this equates to lost income of £16,700”.
Selective licencing should not be treated as income, it is not income it is purely a method of last resort to solve a specific housing issue. Councils are treating selective licensing as a method of funding. They fail to recognise the fact that the cost of a licence would pay for a hard wired interlinked battery back up smoke alarm and will ultimately go back into increased rents. The average council can not deal with their existing licence workload and fails to enforce against the rogue landlords anyway that they can unde their existing powers.... Read More


18:56 PM, 12th November 2018, About 3 years ago

Selective Licensing scheme overturned in Brighton

Reply to the comment left by Robert Mellors at 12/11/2018 - 17:36Hi I’m a member of IHOWZ and I for one have no issues with the new “Landlord Aliance” Infact i even registered my Intrest. I think the main issue is with the existing main large landlord groups that in my opinion and Experience have provided virtually no support for landlords and just seam to roll over to the latest Council and government ideas. We need landlords associations to back our corner and negotiate / support landlords. I for one want landlord associations to support landlords be that with councils and government and support us against the ongoing onslaught of taxation and licencing (disguised taxation) and not just try and sell another course.... Read More


18:55 PM, 6th November 2018, About 3 years ago

Selective Licensing scheme overturned in Brighton

Interesting reading on the MP speech. This infuriates me and only stokes anti landlord sentiment that in turn undermines the landlord and tenant relationships.

Brighton and Hove City Council conducted an “independent report” before the licencing proposals were put forward. The findings from this were then skewed in BHCC favour with a statisticaly interesting interpretetation of the results put forward to committee!. Only the parts that would be pro licencing were chosen with the vote on bringing in the licencing surprises surprise being a unanimous yes amongst councillors Kangaroo court type ruling.

So far my experience with BHCC as a brighton landlord has been pretty dismal, saying this I have met a couple of very good environmental health officers but also more that are completely clueless insisting on extra sockets in kitchens where not all the existing ones are used on one property whilst some completely overlooking some pretty awful property with them passing licencing with some pretty obvious building defects.

Licencing has in my opinion failed and has only served to create another cost that ultimately goes back to the tenant it’s a simple lesson in economics as landlord costs go up so do rents.

If we could get promotion of good landlord tenant relationships and concentrate on actually catching the rogue landlords rather than a blanket approach then we may actually start making some progress.... Read More


14:25 PM, 6th November 2018, About 3 years ago

RLA threatens Great Yarmouth Council with judicial review

Reply to the comment left by Andrew at 06/11/2018 - 12:43
I think I read on here about Nottingham council losing a court case for costs only (£77.17) on selective licencing after the landlord getting the actual costs from a freedom of information request to the council. I wonder if you could try a similar approach with other landlords in your area on your licencing scheme. Personally I believe we all need to get together and fight each and every case that comes against us it will soon change councils and government stances. We’re as landlords are simply seen as cash cows at present with the irony being all these extra costs ultimately go back the the tenants increasing rent and reducing housing stock as more landlords pull out of the private rented sector.... Read More


10:25 AM, 6th November 2018, About 3 years ago

RLA threatens Great Yarmouth Council with judicial review

This is intresting I agree with Mark here I was working with the Southern Landlord Association now known as IHowz fighting the recent Brighton and Hove City Council selective licencing scheme. Both the NLA and RLA were invited to the meetings with the council to help fight the case and both failed to turn up or help whatsoever.

The one thing they did manage to do was get their name on the discount section of the new additional licencign scheme if you have completed their accreditation course.

In conclusion both the NLA and RLA are pointless and only care about selling memberships or courses and offering no real landlord help fighting our cases. Save your money and join an association that will fight the landlords corner. In our case it was IHOWZ. As landlords we all need to fight these cases together be they tax change or licnencig or whatever the next issue may be with a landlord association who will back us whateve that landlord association may be.... Read More