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Councillor calls for further landlord licensing in Bristol

A Bristol councillor has called for additional selective landlord licensing in the city. 

Clifton Down councillor, Carla Denyer, says that even in her own patch – viewed as one of the most affluent areas in Bristol – there are untold stories of dangerous living conditions. 

A licensing scheme was introduced in the Easton district of the city last year and, according to Denyer, 700 rental properties have been 'improved' and almost 200 'serious hazards' have been resolved as a result of the scheme. 


Bristol City Council carried out its first prosecutions under the scheme earlier this month. Two landlords, Jagtar and Jagdish Kandola, were fined almost £40,000 for letting unlicensed properties.

The city has had another scheme signed off in Eastville and St George and now Denyer has joined campaigners by calling for further schemes to be brought in across the city. 

"We want the council to extend landlord licensing to make sure landlords provide minimum standards in other problem areas of the city," Councillor Denyer told the Bristol Post.

"I have met people who pay extortionate rent, yet have daily battles to get their landlord to fix a broken toilet or mend a leaking roof."

"We are now calling on the Mayor to look at extending the scheme to other areas of the city, following consultation with local communities."   

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    Not surprising they want to extent this out over all areas as I believe Bristol has the highest money grabbing fee of all councils. I just paid £1400 for my licence.

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    I have read on here a Councillor who is intending to bring in a licensing Scheme says it self financing which couldn't be further from the truth. The Schemes is wholly funded by the LL's no question about that, do you think the Tenant can pay extra when they can't pay the rent, It doesn't cost the Council a brass fathering which is why they all want it plain & simple. They have already had all the powers ever needed to deal with any issue regarding the Private rented sector as far back as 1992 I have that in writing. There is no need for Licensing all they needed to do is require us to do the extra safety measures they wanted, like fire Doors, Hardwired Interlinked Fire Alarms, Emergency lighting etc, no need for extortion racket costing LL's Millions per Borough unnecessarily.

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    • 09 January 2021 12:12 PM

    Let them continue to do this.

    As far as I am concerned, they can charge me anything they want, but when it comes to contract renewal, all that will happen is that I will be asking for extra rent that covers all I have been forced to pay during the old contract, and I will add all of that up, and plus 15% for administration.

    In effect, every time they cause me more costs, then I will make a profit from it. Just as any business does. Somehow, in a perverse way, I applaud the Councils for all their mad hatter schemes.

    It has the potential to make me richer and the tenants poorer.

    And do I care? No.
    And do the Councils care? No. But THEY should!

    They have absolutely no clue.

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    Unfortunately I am not in that privileged position as my rents haven't gone up in years and they can't pay what they can't afford.
    Regarding licensing LL's who never had them will not know how onerous it is, the Application form used to be 16 pages to complete originally but now all Digital and more time consuming and designed to deceive you and keeps disappearing off the screen so you don't know what you said prior and have to keep saving bits all the way along. They require so much information that's nothing to do with them as you will find out when you apply. They create bureaucracy for the sake of justifying the huge Fee as I found out for myself, when the Freeholder writes to you if its on a lease, The Mortgage Works wrote to me, My Solicitor wrote to me and forwarded the HM0 application documents to me nothing to do with them obviously & I hadn't told my Solicitors about it. The Council notified them and the Mortgage Works a bundle to each + Freeholder + a bundle to my wife at same address as me but not anything to do with the property as I was sole Registered owner. Then you will need a load of Certificates, proof of ownership, a Sketch drawing of the property and every room size (min room size 6.6m2) The name of every renting occupant and which room they occupy all numbered up, the position of Alarms, emergency lighting, a notice Board Displaying your details, Certificates, License etc etc.... Do you still think they don't want us out ?


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