Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 2 weeks ago 36
Manchester City Council has quietly announced that they are making a proposal for Selective Licence Schemes in areas of Manchester. They hail that it will:
Make more people want to live in the area – Make people want to stay in the area for longer – Cut the length of time houses are empty increasing the rental income for landlords – Increase property values as the area improves – Reduce crime and antisocial behaviour
It’s because its in areas that are:
Low demand for houses – with few people wanting to live there
Significant and persistent problems with antisocial behaviour
Houses that are in a poor condition
People who only rent houses for a short period of time
High levels of crime
Deprivation – examples include low income, poor health.
I happen to own property in one of the areas and would disagree. In fact approx. 2 years ago it was part of a regeneration scheme where the council bought them for £15,000.
Just before the pandemic, they were regularly being on the market for £90-£100k. Either MCC got plenty back or not enough when refurbish expenses are taken into account. Either way, it seems MCC now want to extract money from landlords. But wait. Haven’t we heard of this scheme before?
Liverpool implemented a scheme back in 2015, charging the same amount – £650 for the first property, then £550 for everyone after that.
The “successful” scheme issued more than 37,000 compliance actions and prosecuted nearly 250 landlords since the scheme began.
However, the challenge, raised by the Residential Landlord’s Association, includes among other points the claim that most of these ‘breaches’ are plainly regarding administrative errors, including a failure to be in possession of paperwork. They also suggest “that evidence shows licensing is not needed across the city. Many wards do not have high figures for hazards”
So eventually The Government’s final decision to reject the renewal of the legislation was based on a judgement that the application for renewal contained no robust evidence to support the existence of low housing demand in the city.
Maybe MCC haven’t heard of the “success of Liverpool Scheme. Or Luton’s :
Or any other areas you may know of. Let me know of any others nationally and when I comment back to MCC it might be worthwhile to educate them.
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