Nottingham costs FOI

Nottingham costs FOI

13:35 PM, 16th October 2018, About 4 years ago 13

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A Freedom of Information (FOI) request was sent to Nottingham council in March this year requesting information a break down of average costs associated against the £600 licensing fee.

In the response the authority estimated that an average cost of carrying out a rental a house inspection was £77.17.

There was no further breakdown of costs for enforcement and administration / bureaucracy.

Does anyone have any similar costs from FOI requests or would like to volunteer to make a further FOI request?

I’m looking for discrepancies to discredit various schemes costings.

Many thanks





22:01 PM, 16th October 2018, About 4 years ago

I have breakdowns for a few authorities . Nottingham issued some detailed costings in the original consultation analysis.
Most authorities are using different cost structures. Some charge a proportion of there fixed office etc overheads and others cost their staff at little more than their basic salary and seen to forget those staff have non contributory pension contributions, enhanced holidays etc. Then some authorities believe that their inspectors can inspect far more properties than others in a year. It is a postcode lottery what you are charged. Ps the picture is not mine !


9:32 AM, 17th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Costings by West Lindsey District Council are as follows;
Inspection of property
Officer Grade 25
Hourly Rate £19.25
Time taken 01:30:00
WLDC Cost £28.88
I note that they estimated the inspection would take 1.5 hours, this did not include travel time as that was costed separately;
Travel time 00:40:00 £12.83
Mileage £2.70
Interesting that 2 hours 10 minutes was allocated for each inspection but my appointments were timed at one hour apart and actually only took about 40 minutes including travel time.

Ros poldermans

12:42 PM, 17th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Case proven money grabbing

Mick Roberts

16:38 PM, 17th October 2018, About 4 years ago

I did the FOI with Nottingham.
I got some other info out of them with homeless bill this year & am going to do the same next year & compare the two one year after Licensing.

I got some info on roads with ZERO trouble ASBO's complaints etc. And am still asking why these roads was included in the scheme.

Nottingham this week have said Ashfield Licensing at £350 must be subsidised by the Taxpayer (They should know for definite as I know they do talk to each other closely on HB issues), to have in their pricing allowance for 2 inspection visits.
As Nottingham have got this little moaning from me & the legal people about they can't charge for inspections within their fee, so it appears they looking at it.

Jo Chapman, that is amazing your info. Someone fight the other councils & Nottingham with that please. I've had enough now.


21:32 PM, 17th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Great Yarmouth charge £100 per licence ( not just enforcement) unless you apply late then you get stung.
In Telford where Licensing was dropped the whole process was calculated at around 12 hours @ £50 per hour.
The hourly rates all depend on what type of overheads authorities seek to recover.
Am I correct in thinking that Nottingham are only to inspect 1 in 10 of accredited landlords properties and 50% of non -accredited?

Larry Sweeney

7:19 AM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Mick. You have already pledged. Thank you for your support for the new Alliance. As soon as our website goes live members can log in to the back section where there will be some "Guerilla" tactics (completely legal) to assist landlords deal with these dodgy licensing schemes.

Mick Roberts

8:03 AM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by David Lovegrove at 17/10/2018 - 21:32
Great Yarmouth £100 per license, wow, Nottingham Labour Council should hang their heads in shame.
Yes I think (forgetting now, it's all brainwashed me), Nottingham was gonna' inspect 10% of accredited. And 50% of non-accredited.
Which roughly u could say, they spending £7 of our WHOPPING £780 on inspections-So where is our other £773 going Hmmm...…

But I think Nottingham Licensing Officers has got it all on now with trying to locate the 20,000 or so 60-70% of houses/Landlords that haven't come forward publicly shaming the Council.
I spoke to a Landlord yesterday, 40 houses, he's not bothering Licensing & his mate another 60 houses, not doing it. Wrong & I've told him may get fined, civil penalty etc.
But when some draconian rule/law/regs etc. is bought in & people feel it is so wrong, even law abiding people don't abide by it.

Appalled Landlord

10:34 AM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 18/10/2018 - 08:03
Hi Mick

A landlord in Burnley was fined £56,000 for not licensing 4 properties. £55,000 of it goes to central government.

Mick Roberts

11:58 AM, 18th October 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Appalled Landlord at 18/10/2018 - 10:34
Wow, maybe Nottingham should be highlighting this as Landlords just think they will pay when they get caught.

Martin Thomas

10:07 AM, 1st December 2018, About 4 years ago

Possessionfriend - can you get in touch please? I did a follow up FOI with Nottingham to confirm your £77 inspection cost figure and received a figure of £282!! I have done another FOI to clarify the figure because £282 must mean the inspectors are being driven round in chauffer driven Rollers! I want to use the information to challenge the license cost of my local council.

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