15:56 PM, 13th May 2014, About 8 years ago 11
I would like to see if there are any members that could give me some advice…
I only found out in January about Newham’s Selective Licensing. I own a 2 bedroom flat in Newham that therefore needs licensing. Apart from dealing with two bereavements I have now spent a good deal of time reading up on what all this mandatory licensing is about.
In February I wrote to Newham Council asking whether they would allow me to pay the reduced licence fee of £150, the same rate afforded to ‘Early bird’ landlords at the schemes inception.
Current situation; Instead of saying ‘No’ they said ‘No’ and that the fee had gone up from £500 to £800 and that if not paid within 14 days I would face a court hearing.
I now await my court hearing.
For my part, the main issues are …
1) the onerous conditions within the licence that may make it impossible for me to comply
2) the heavy handed, unreasonable way in which Newham Council have handled my case
Does anyone know of anybody else that is (or has been) in dispute with Newham over Landlord Licensing who might be prepared to discuss the topic with me?
I have been quoted £1,500+ for legal assistance and the advice given was to just ‘give in’.
Does anyone know of a Lawyer that might be prepared to look at my case for a more palatable sum?
I won’t go into any further detail at this stage but am happy to do so if anybody is interested, especially with anyone that has a similar issue and is happy to debate the issues.