Stoke-On-Trent petition to reject Selective Licensing

by Property 118

5 months ago

Stoke-On-Trent petition to reject Selective Licensing

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Stoke-On-Trent petition to reject Selective Licensing

North Staffs Landlord Association (NSLA) have started a 38 Degrees petition “We urge Stoke-On-Trent City Council to reject Selective Licensing.”

The NSLA have reported that: “Every rental property in the designated streets will have to have a licence, be inspected and satisfy many conditions. The license will last for 5 years. The City Council have proposed a standard licensing fee of £523, with a £100 discount for an accredited landlord (first property only) and a £50 discount for any application made within the first 3 months of the scheme going live. The fee is £763 for late payments.”

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The petition campaign states:

“Selective licensing is an approach that should be examined only when alternatives have been tried and do not work. We do not believe this is the case. Please explore alternatives to the proposed Selective Licensing in Stoke-On-Trent. We would like the council to adopt a more progressive, cooperative approach and for them to concentrate on collaboration with landlords to make Stoke-On-Trent an even better place to live.”

“Selective Licensing is a very costly tool that focuses on administration and form filling; it brings no new powers to the Council but its legacy is clear:
– Whole areas would be immediately labelled as ‘blighted’. The council is sending a message to the market that these areas are less desirable and are troubled with deprivation, low demand, high crime levels, high anti social behaviour and fly tipping.
– Possible rent increases to cover the license cost which is on top of the council having already pushed the costs of rental accommodation up through the removal of the council tax grace period which was needed to allow for repairs and maintenance to be carried out between tenancies.
– Homelessness may increase. The conditions of the license make it very difficult to house any vulnerable and disadvantaged people; those without good references and anyone not in long term stable employment.
– Property prices may fall. Who would want to buy into, live or set up business in such an area? This may lead to empty properties and longer void periods between tenancies, which attract more fly tipping, more crime, which in turn creates more anti social behaviour.”

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Comments

Heather G.

5 months ago

I've signed it!

Chris Daniel

5 months ago

This article should be shared will All the industry, NLA, YPN, Property Investor News, Tessa's site. etc.

pheonix mich

5 months ago

Completed and commented on the Stoke-on-Trent Selective Licensing Form - noticed a lot of the questions are very weighted against private landlords.
YET ANOTHER STEALTH TAX AGAINST US - THE GOVERNMENT AND LOCAL POLITICIANS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES

David Lovegrove

5 months ago

All landlords should visit their tenants with a paper version of the survey . The ultimate decision is likely to be made on how many people wish the scheme to go ahead ( often built on false promises) and how many people suggest the scheme is not the best way to improve property conditions. Landlords need to join forces with the local landlords association asap to take a
co-ordinated approach.

Mick Roberts

4 months ago

The impression I'm getting in Nottingham at moment is approx 10% of Landlords are selling cause of Selective Licensing.
Obviously with S24, Benefit Cap, forthcoming Universal Credit, this Licensing just one step too far for some.
I'm finding I'm doing far too much time on Licensing and their most stringent conditions, that it's taking time away from what I feel is was a good service to my tenants.
For Licensing to not know this, they han't got a clue.
I have found in Nottingham IT'S GOT TO COME FROM THE TENANTS. If u can convince them it's gonna cost them, the council DO NOT like being moaned at by tenants.
I've turned it round in Nottm now that, the majority of good tenants know this Licensing is a tax on them that's gonna cost them and they moaning at Council and Councillors and MP etc. And the Council don't like it.
Too late now as Licensing is in. I din't fight against it before it came in as u would never imagine in a thousand years, they bring in the most stringent conditions as they have done. More conditions that the most strict Letting Agent would ask for professional tenants, and we already have the existing HB tenants and they fire these conditions on us.
U can use my vid if u like which if some things relate to yours, please use. This video did get a lot of tenants on the Landlords side.
https://youtu.be/CmM3vXWVV9Y

I was on radio as well, I'll find the link if someone can use it

For those that missed the radio Tues 17 April 0820, on Selective Licensing & want some truths, which again they din't give me enough time to get them out, play this video, or go this link 2 hours 20 mins & 15 seconds in https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p062mhtz

Gromit

4 months ago

Signed

David Lovegrove

4 months ago

There is 6 days left if anyone would like to object to Selective Licensing in principle on the council's official surveys. Petitions seem to be brushed under the carpet and Councillors are unwilling to engage in discussions about alternative proposals.

Chris Daniel

4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by David Lovegrove at 24/04/2018 - 17:01
What social Housing companies are in Northampton, how do they rate with the Regulator of Social Housing ?
Could be a valuable tactic to air Nottingham'sown 'dirty linen' before they point fingers at the PRS?

Heather G.

4 months ago

I've signed it - good luck!

Mick Roberts

A month 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."
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/223039


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