Fergus Wilson Panorama documentary – now available on iPlayer22:10 PM, 18th March 2019
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From what I have seen, the vast majority of prosecutions are for landlords not having a licence.
Hang on a minute?
I thought the whole idea behind licencing was to improve the rented sector?
How does prosecuting a person for not having a licence achieve that?
OK, so there maybe a few other prosecutions for others reasons too. However, I challenge any Council to name me one instance where they have made such a prosecution which could not have been made before they introduced their licencing scheme.
Given that the administration of licencing creates jobs to collect the money, financed by the collection of the money itself, perhaps that’s their justification? If so, am I the only person who sees that as being downright stupid?
The reality is that all Selective Licencing is really doing for local economies is damaging them. If discourages privately financed investment into much needed affordable rental accommodation and for some landlords it is the straw that broke the camels back, and is leading them to sell up.
Come on people, we need to unite and may the fools behind the selective Licencing see some common sense.
My petition on 38 Degrees can be printed and posted to the people behind Selective Licencing in your area, so why not do that?
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