Nottingham Licensing increased to a whopping £890!

Nottingham Licensing increased to a whopping £890!

9:06 AM, 18th November 2019, About 2 years ago 21

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For Landlords who don’t already know Nottingham Council has increased its licensing fee to a whopping £890 and tenants you really need to start standing up and shouting! There will be no houses left to rent soon.

They are charging £890 per house and an inspection only costs £77 and out of 32,000 houses they have only inspected 176.

Who’s paying for this? Tenants of course.

What have they done to deserve this if they already have a good house?

All of us landlords would support licensing if they inspected the houses. This not in the know would be horrified if they knew what the council was doing or not doing with the money that tenants have had to fork out for this. Meanwhile the actual  criminal landlords haven’t come forward obviously.



Comments

by moneymanager

9:52 AM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

What are they actually doing (in Bristol) that incurrs the alledged costs, an EPC only costs £50/£70 and a full structural survey ??? which I very much doubt they are doing. In other words does the supporting statute actually permit such extortion?

by Mick Roberts

10:11 AM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by moneymanager at 23/11/2019 - 09:52
Exactly, what are they doing.

Employed 76 staff.

Works out about £51,000 an inspection.

by Dixie

13:01 PM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

What is this licensing fee for please,I’m new to letting, does each property have to have an inspection and license?

by Mike

14:04 PM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

Remember though, the fees are for a 5 years term, so OP mentioned £74 works out about £15 pcm, so yes indeed this figure may be added to the rent on top of normal rent increase that prevails in the market or reflects general inflation.
Let your tenants know why their rent is going to go up, because of the unjust requirement by the council to implement licensing scheme, someone has to pay for these big fat highly paid bureaucrats , usually the end user pays for their big fat salaries, we need to educate tenants that they are the ultimate victims.

by Mike

14:08 PM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 23/11/2019 - 10:11
No, most likely they are paying themselves big fat salaries and outsourcing inspections for less than two pence.

by Monty Bodkin

15:10 PM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 23/11/2019 - 14:04Remember though, the fees are for a 5 years term
The fees are only for up to 5 years.
For a landlord 'buying' a license now, it will only last 3 years and 8 months but still costs the same price.
For a landlord 'buying' a license in May 2023, it only last 3 months. £300 per month!
For councils, licensing is the scam that just keeps on giving. It's no wonder they are so keen on it.

by Mike

15:39 PM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 23/11/2019 - 15:10Totally agree, a big scam, initiated by a mad ill-thinking anti-landlord man first introduced in UK in Newham.
Indeed the scheme first started in 2012 in Newham and I licensed mine in 2015 and paid £800.00 for absolutely nothing, it did not stop a rogue tenant I had to evict for antisocial behaviour, I would have evicted him regardless of licensing for his antisocial behaviour as he was causing nuisance to fellow tenants in my small HMO.
This scheme is just a farce, it stinks, tenants will ultimately pay for it, they think not but they are already paying for it in Newham where rents shot through the roof. Councils tend to brainwash tenants that this scheme will drive out rogue landlords, and don't mention who will ultimately be the victim of this scheme, the tenants of course.
With regards to charging fixed fee for 5 years license even when there are only 2 years left, this should be outlawed same as tenancy fee act, where landlords can face hefty fines for overcharging.

by Mick Roberts

16:47 PM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Monty Bodkin at 23/11/2019 - 15:10
That's exactly it Monty.

Many people don't realise that in June 2023, they may have just refurbished a house & ready to give it to someone who needs a home, thereby reducing the homeless along the line. And he's gonna' think What? I have to pay £890 for 2 months. And he will probably leave empty. Homeless ensues.

by Jireh Homes

19:00 PM, 23rd November 2019, About 2 years ago

Landlord Registration has been in place in Scotland for many years, covering all Local Authority areas and the fees set by Scottish Government. We pay a Principal Fee of £65 and a Property Fee of £15, on a rolling three year renewal, with reduced fees where properties in multiple LA areas. Was a lower cost till recently increased and the compliance checks now much more thorough. So quite how the English LA justify their fees is beyond belief!

by Mick Roberts

6:14 AM, 24th November 2019, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Jireh Homes at 23/11/2019 - 19:00
Wow, Scotland seems to know how to do it.
Nottingham Council don't seem to know whether the license is on the house or the Landlord. Whereas your Principal fee & Property fee seems to know the difference.
I had to upload my passport 36 times for each house. It's nuts.
U move agent & if agent did the License for u, you have to pay the FULL £890 License fee each house again. What's all that about if the property is Licensed?


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