Nottingham proposes yet another tax via licensing on landlords!

Nottingham proposes yet another tax via licensing on landlords!

13:15 PM, 16th November 2016, About 5 years ago 13

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Nottingham City Council has announced their desire to introduce citywide selective licensing across the 20 wards of Nottingham looking raise an extra £16 million.

This will represent one of the largest schemes in the Country impacting at least 26250 properties at £600.00 per property. The council will employ an additional 74 officers to handle on average 5250 applications a year.

Under their HMO additional licensing scheme they struggle to issue licenses let alone inspect properties. At 1st October 2016, 2236 licence applications received, 1543 issued and just over 1000 inspected.

The main thrust of their argument is using selective licensing as a tool to deal with ASB, it would seem according to the council that Nottingham is a cesspit of crime and Anti-Social-Behaviour (ASB) particularly in its PRS. However despite a widespread additional licensing scheme being introduced in 2014, the city recorded 14,152 ASB complaints between 2008/12.(average 2830 per yr)  Between 2013/15 the city recorded, 22,743 ASB (average 7581 per yr) complaints.

Although these complaints reflect all tenures citywide, complaints are on the rise across all tenures, it clearly demonstrates that licensing has not been an effective tool to address ASB.

Under Mandatory Licensing since 2007, 9% of licenses have been refused and revoked, under Additional 5% have been. Hardly demonstrates a picture of a PRS out of control.

Number of residential properties across Nottingham city in 2012 was 131,500, in 2015 135,599.

Click Here to read the full report (From page 25-Agenda Report Packs)

Giles Inman

East Midlands Property Owners


by Ingrid Bacsa

15:41 PM, 19th November 2016, About 5 years ago

You've hit the nail on the head, but don't forget - you must upgrade your property as well - housing standards have to rise across the board we are told.

My tiniest room is too small to be legal but my tenant would be sleeping on the pier if I stick to the law and close it off!

by Dylan Morris

7:46 AM, 21st November 2016, About 5 years ago

I don't understand how these licensing schemes help with regard to anti social behaviour. So there's a tenant causing such problems, What exactly can the Council do under their licensing programme ? Can they force the landlord to evict and if so how can they do this ? Does the landlord have to issue a Section 8 and go through the Courts all at the landlords expense ? Or perhaps a Section 21 if that can be used ? What if the landlord does not agree that ASB is being caused, perhaps other neighbours are simply being too sensitive or just vindictive, there are some nutty neighbours about (ever seen Neighbours From Hell on TV).
What powers exactly do Councils have already and why does licensing solve this problem ? I really don't understand this at all. Surely ASB is a police issue ?

by Mick Roberts

10:54 AM, 4th July 2018, About 3 years ago

Can you Landlords please sign this & forward to all your contacts.
A small hope, we have to try anything & everything.
I'm sure we not get 10k signatures, but the more Licensing & Govt start to see these things, who knows.
“Petition calling for a review of Nottingham City Councils Selective Licensing."

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