Bernard Christopher

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Tuesday 16th March 2021


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Bernard Christopher

15:59 PM, 16th April 2021, About 9 months ago

Licence Fees - Should I only pay an inflation linked increase?

Food for thought- if you don’t have a HMO licence then you leave yourself liable for Rent Repayment Orders via Tribunal for each tenant. If they are successful then you are liable for additional monies paid out including compensation.... Read More

Bernard Christopher

15:27 PM, 16th April 2021, About 9 months ago

Licence Fees - Should I only pay an inflation linked increase?

Reply to the comment left by terry sullivan at 16/04/2021 - 12:44
Councils response provided in original post is pretty much standard. ‘Some’ LA’s recruit officers to the post and therefore making the post specifically funded to generate HMO costs solely. Other officers are permanent and will generate costs through housing enforcement via dodgy landlords, improvement notices issued etc. Some LA’s don’t have the capacity to take on LL’s regarding EPC’s etc. These are currently enforced with Trading Standards and soon to be passed to LA’s along with The Tenant Fees Act. Some Councils are Progressive and some are not. Some have Artcile 4/Selective Licensing and some don’t. There is changes to come where it will require LA’s to be more proactive. If you don’t see it currently then you will.... Read More

Bernard Christopher

12:37 PM, 16th April 2021, About 9 months ago

Licence Fees - Should I only pay an inflation linked increase?

Reply to the comment left by Des Taylor & Phil Turtle, Landlord Licensing & Defence at 16/04/2021 - 11:54
I am a HMO licensing officer and this price increase is reflected in time spent on each licence. From Proposed to actual issue of licence. Lots of time spent on application, certificates and inspections. Some properties require several visits to ensure compliance is adhered to. Background working with fire service, building control and planning departments. If starting from scratch then the period of time can be 2-3 months until licence is actually issued and then regular/annual inspections over 5 year period. Also worth you knowing, Local Authorities cannot make make a profit on licensing. They are not allowed to. So in a nutshell a lot of work goes on in the background with your properties and licensing. Besides when you renew your licence is a different price with the same work committed to your licence. Failure to have a HMO licence is a Criminal offence and enforcement action will be served.... Read More