What does Selective Licencing actually achieve?

What does Selective Licencing actually achieve?

12:24 PM, 8th August 2018, About 4 years ago 31

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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?

LINK TO PETITION HERE



Comments

by Mark Alexander

13:08 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by NW Landlord at 10/08/2018 - 13:05
I think it's just 'jobs for the boys'.

The Council are not allowed to use money raised from selective Licencing for any other purpose, e.g. they cannot use it to plant trees in the local park etc.

by Luke P

13:42 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Mark Alexander at 10/08/2018 - 13:08
But they absolutely do use it to fund enforcement officers who get mission creep beyond purely SL issues.

by Luke P

13:47 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Gayle Tregaskis at 10/08/2018 - 12:16
Except, unlike if hiring out cars, there is no immediate mechanism for recovering a property particularly quickly.

If nothing else, as a matter of principle (and as James Mann says), it is not and should not be a LL problem, rather a Police/Council/Social Services problem. Our job is to provide four walls and a roof in working order and that is it…no social problems to add into that simple mix.

by Mick Roberts

15:25 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

Mark,

They can't use fees for theirselves. But apparently they can raise what money they like through the fines.

Yes Luke, they want to make tenant responsible with Universal Credit money & being responsible tenant in handing over 'rent' money, but when it comes to Licensing & other bits, Ooh No, tenant can't look after himself, Landlord has to shoulder all the responsibility.
It's our job to go online & get the EPC & not get property back till got one, tenant can't do that, can he.

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15:42 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

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15:46 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

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16:01 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

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16:07 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

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by NW Landlord

16:07 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

Never been harder

by NW Landlord

16:08 PM, 10th August 2018, About 4 years ago

Something is going to give very soon it can’t go on bashing an easy target for cheap political gain and votes it’s a disgrace.


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