Nicola Parsler

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Thursday 1st August 2013


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 11

Nicola Parsler

21:48 PM, 3rd October 2014
About 5 years ago

Additional Licensing Judicial Review

Unfortunately although MK have effectively dropped the idea of selective licensing they are not yet convinced that additional licensing is a bad idea. MKPLA won the first round but the councillors actually voted only to undertakle more research into the need for additional licensing. They have been conducting this very much under the wire by sending "inspectors" round to HMO's who then question the tenants. We have had complaints of them intimidating the tenants if they didn't want to let them in and certainly none of the landlords were informed about these "inspections" before they happened. The letter was written in such a way as to make it sound as if tenants had an obligation to let them in becasue they were "from the council".... Read More

Nicola Parsler

8:35 AM, 20th March 2014
About 5 years ago

Milton Keynes abandon Selective Licensing

Adam Hosker - some basic background. MK council has a history of expressing concern regarding the proliferation of HMO's in the town. This became officially translated more into a concern about fire safety/ASB when an unlicensed HMO (one that should have been licensed and the landlord was breaking HHSRS precautions on) was set on fire by a psycopathic ex of one tenant.Two people died, one a toddler.

As you can imagine in this sort of climate, some of the language and suggestions made by councillors during public meetings was emotive. The findings of council housing officers were largely iognored. MKPLA was concerned that decisions were being driven by strongly held opinion rather than fact. The NLA suggested that we use the FOI legislation to establish what statistics there really were on ASB. We also asked questions about the allocations of funds from mandatory licences as MK's fee of £885 was fairly top end compared to other LAs.

The findings were almost universally that the information they held did not give them evidence to support the view that ASB was worse in the PRS. This was largely because the police/council do not record the tenure of housing. The answer to most of our questions was "we don't hold that information".

When it came to the licence fees the breakdown was enough for us to query the fee (the law states that it can only be used for administration, not enforcement) and the council have since dramatically reduced it.

I would heartily recommend this approach to other areas as quite apart from the information we recieved back I believe that our questions highlighted some areas of the law which the council were not previously aware of. Did you know that cabinet members are personally liable if they pass local legislation and then lose a judicial review?

I believe that the consultation report from ORS is now in the public domain and this contains most of the facts we were able to ascertain via FOI. (MKPLA were invited to participate in the consultation as stakeholders and our Chairman Alex Caravello is an excellent advocate)... Read More

Nicola Parsler

21:05 PM, 19th March 2014
About 5 years ago

Milton Keynes abandon Selective Licensing

I think it is important to acknowledge that the Milton Keynes Private Landlords Association http://www.mkpla.org.uk were also instrumental in this result. Indeed members of the MKPLA committee, including myself, have attended and spoken at every council select committee and cabinet meeting on this topic. In our campaign we have been ably supported by Gavin Dick and John Socha of the NLA (and others behind the scenes) who have done a great job of sourcing the legal precedents which enabled us to put together a strong,coherant argument. However the power of the local campaign and submissions to the consultation which was spear headed by MKPLA was also a significant contribution. As a result of the FOI requests we were also able to encourage reduction in the current licence fee for HMO's which means that some landlords will be getting a refund! These results are a good example of how a national organisation and a local group can successfully work together to achieve a desired objective. However, the decision reached by the cabinet was not 100% positive (from a landlords point of view). They voted to investigate further the possibility of licensing small HMO's (additional licensing) borough wide. Both MKPLA and the NLA will continue to be involved, to represent landlords interests and to offer viable alternatives.... Read More

Nicola Parsler

12:08 PM, 28th January 2014
About 6 years ago

Letting Agent is Illegally Extending a Periodic Tenancy

My experience is that Letting Agents can be very ignorant of letting legislation when it falls outside of thier "norm". The information given to the tenant may simply be an office junior repeating what he was taught on his induction day. It may be enough to politely remind them that the tenancy has gone periodic and that therefore a different notice period applies. You can quote both their own AST clause and the sites above for reference. Of course it may not be recieved well but I always try "nice" before "nasty".... Read More

Nicola Parsler

8:58 AM, 27th January 2014
About 6 years ago

Can I hold the letting agent liable?

To be honest it may be more trouble than it is worth trying to take the agents to court but if they are members of any appropriate body or part of a franchised chain then you may find that they do actually have a concience where this type of thing is concerned (or at least the inclination to cover thier asses!).

I did have a problem with a letting agent failing to properly sign up a guarantor for a DSS tenancy and although it took a long time the agency did work with me to recover the majority of losses. It seems to be a matter of having a clear enough case for complaint and of getting hold of somebody senior enough to deal with the issue. Whilst I would never use this agent again as thier branch staff appear incompetent I cannot deny that thier senior management took the problem seriously and were extremely helpful. In this case I managed to avoid court action, either with the agent or the tenant/guarantor.... Read More