Success Stories of Selective Licensing Being Aborted

by Mark Alexander

9:54 AM, 9th August 2018
About 4 months ago

Success Stories of Selective Licensing Being Aborted

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Success Stories of Selective Licensing Being Aborted

Selective Licensing consultations have resulted in the idea being knocked on the head a few times. However, this has only happened when the Councils have received an overwhelming negative response.

In the vast majority of cases, the schemes have been introduced because only a handful of landlords have fought back.

Apathy costs money!

My advice on fighting Selective Licensing is that you spend as much time getting more landlords to help you to fight the Council as you spend actually fighting the Council.

You cannot win this battle on your own, you need to recruit an Army.

Take inspiration from what landlords in Bournemouth recently achieved – see link below.

https://www.property118.com/another-council-abandons-selective-licencing-proposals/

Also see the article about a recent win in regards to Selective Licencing at the Court of Appeal

https://www.property118.com/selective-licensing-scheme-additional-powers-ruled-illegal-court-appeal/

Other wins for landlords in regards to stopping Selective Licencing in its tracks have occurred in:-

Telford & Wrekin >>> https://www.property118.com/consultation-feedback-halts-selective-licensing/

and Milton Keynes >>> https://www.property118.com/milton-keynes-abandon-selective-licensing/

If a Selective Licensing consultation pops up in your area I wish you all the very best of luck fighting it.

Meanwhile, please help promote my petition to Theresa May – link below.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/competition-will-increase-the-quality-of-housing-of-all-tenures



Comments

Richard Peeters

11:05 AM, 9th August 2018
About 4 months ago

Luton Borough Council held a 14-week "consultation period", saying nothing was decided yet, and then extended it by another 12 weeks (closed last month), apparently due to landlord discontent (maybe we gave the "wrong answers"!).
If the proposed scheme were introduced, then it would mean that all properties let by private landlords within designated areas (five inner wards of Luton) MUST have a licence.
https://www.luton.gov.uk/Housing/Other%20housing%20information/landlords/Pages/Selective-licensing.aspx
Their online survey is now closed, but you an still provide comments to: selectivelicensing@luton.gov.uk

Mark Alexander

11:39 AM, 9th August 2018
About 4 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Richard Peeters at 09/08/2018 - 11:05
That’s good to hear Peter, seems they have backed off too.

I wonder what the magic number of complaints is?

From my research, about 1,000 complainants seem to tip the balance.

Sam Jackson

18:15 PM, 14th August 2018
About 4 months ago

We successfully got a Selective Lucence Scheme revoked by north Somerset Council , having threatened to take them to judicial review two years ago. They had already passed the selective licensing scheme and it was due to start in September. We got 100 landlords together and we raised money to challenge them and they backed down and revoked the scheme. I actually went and met with Telford and Wrekin Council whilst they were fighting their challenge to advise them how we did it. It’s all about landlords getting together and as you say that is very difficult as there is a lot of complacency in the industry. We now run an accreditation scheme with the local council support .


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