Councils using ‘Intelligence’ to track down low EPC properties and fine £5,00015:08 PM, 29th March 2021
About 3 weeks ago 39
After 2 months I have received a response to my FOI request for more detailed information on the complaints received about private landlords / property in Nottingham City. To recap NCC are proposing a city wide licencing scheme at a cost of £600 per property(43,000 in the city) as they feel there is a problem with the management of private rented property in the city.
They have recorded 4500 complaints about these 43,000 PRS properties over a period of 3.5 years from 2013, but told me they were unable to breakdown what the complaints were and their seriousness as it would be too expensive to interrogate their computer system under a FOI request. I therefore replied suggesting they “interrogate” their enforcement officers who should be able to tell them how many enforcement notices were issued during the same period ( on the assumption that there probably is some correlation!).
So they have now confirmed that there were 1800 enforcement notices issued during the same period which equates to 40% of the complaints received. Meaning 60% of complaints did not require any enforcement. Of the 1800 enforcement notices only 42 led to prosecutions.
NCC currently employ 16 enforcement officers and 16 environmental health officers so on this basis that equates to about 16 notices per officer per year (not a heavy workload I’m sure) and represents 1.2% of the city’s PRS housing stock each year. Why then do they need an extra £25 million from private landlords in the city to deal with this “problem”?
NCC will shortly be reporting to the Secretary of State asking for this licensing scheme to be approved. Nottingham landlords MUST write directly to the S of S if we are going to stop this money grab
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