Selective Licensing flaws in Walsall West Mids being ignored!

by Lyndon Whitehouse

8:51 AM, 14th March 2018
About 7 months ago

Selective Licensing flaws in Walsall West Mids being ignored!

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Selective Licensing flaws in Walsall West Mids being ignored!

I have been following with interest the issues that Mick Roberts is facing in Nottingham with this unfair scheme called selective licensing!

Walsall Council have recently ratified a scheme at cabinet level. This was called into scrutiny by other council members, who are opposed to it. I attended that meeting and again outlined how the scheme is flawed on lack of consultation with landlords. (no individual landlords have been contacted).

They say that they have consulted the NLA, RLA, Midland landlord accreditation scheme, neighbouring authorities, however, we are close to proving this to be false!

We have engaged with a local expert in this field, who has pulled the flawed process apart. A report by this person, which was commissioned by the Walsall Landlord Steering Group, was also presented to the council, (copy available), however, we have a feeling that everything that we have pointed out will be ignored and the scheme will be ratified at Cabinet, set for Monday 19/3/18.

We are now raising awareness among affected landlords with the intention of making a legal challenge.
Our letting agency L&A Lettings Limited has 49 affected properties.

Anyone out there that has previous experience? We feel that our case will be solid.

Please comment below if you are affected and can assist.

Lyndon



Comments

Luke P

10:14 AM, 14th March 2018
About 7 months ago

The general view is that JR will only work on a consultation technical error (the easiest example would be not consulting for the required number of days), but I think you may have a case here.

Clue up on Brown v Hyndburn Borough Council in case the worst happens and it does come in, then you can water down the conditions.

Finally get them to commit to reviewing that if the (prescribed legislative) aims are met, then no extension will be sought.

Bury & Walkers LLP have experience with SL cases.

Sara Hammerton

10:17 AM, 14th March 2018
About 7 months ago

Morning Lyndon,
Like so many I have also been following Mick Roberts and selective licensing in Nottingham along with a few SL success stories - Telford & Wrekin, Bournemouth & North Somerset. I am not affected in Walsall but am in Stoke-On-Trent. Consultation on selective licensing here ends April 30th. Please can I have a copy of the report commisioned by the Walsall Landlord Steering Group? How can it be ratified if no landlords were consulted? Best of luck.

Lyndon Whitehouse

11:18 AM, 14th March 2018
About 7 months ago

Response to Sara Hammerton
If you send me an email address, I can forward the report.
Truth of the matter is we are seen as cash cows!!!!

Luke P

11:22 AM, 14th March 2018
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Lyndon Whitehouse at 14/03/2018 - 11:18
I would like a copy, if you don't mind Lyndon... singlelayer (AT) icloud (dotcom).

Sara Hammerton

12:59 PM, 14th March 2018
About 7 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Lyndon Whitehouse at 14/03/2018 - 11:18
Email - sara@yourstudentac.com.
Thanks.

Mick Roberts

19:42 PM, 14th March 2018
About 6 months ago

Nottingham said they consulted Landlords & tenants.
They din't consult me who's responsible for 350 people. Nor my tenants who have lived there a long time, who now have to have new set of rules they din't sign up for.

There needs to be someone in Govt that can stop the councils charging & doing what they like. There seems to be no limit on the price they can charge? Nor the conditions they can impose that Letting ages say are way over the top.

Luke P

19:49 PM, 14th March 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Mick Roberts at 14/03/2018 - 19:42
There was some talk, with the increase in the number of LAs bringing in (fractured) SL, of central government standardising the process at a national level -I’m guessing something similar to RentSmart Wales- but my cynical side wonders if that would bring landlords and the inevitable resistance together. Better to divide us as we don’t act with once collective voice/force…??

Chris Daniel

20:33 PM, 14th March 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Lyndon Whitehouse at 14/03/2018 - 11:18
Lyndon,
I’d like a copy too please, ChrisDanielLM@gmail.com
Regards

Lyndon Whitehouse

0:41 AM, 15th March 2018
About 6 months ago

Report sent to Sara and Chris
Luke give me your email address please

Luke P

0:43 AM, 15th March 2018
About 6 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Lyndon Whitehouse at 15/03/2018 - 00:41
singlelayer(AT)iCloud.com

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