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Virtual forum happening today for landlords to discuss licensing

A local authority is inviting landlords to a virtual forum to be held today to canvas views on two proposed licensing schemes.

Charnwood council wants to introduce the different licensing schemes with the aim, it says, of improving the quality of privately-rented accommodation and reduce its impact on the local community.

The event will be held online via ZOOM today at 1.30 pm and you can sign up online. The event will be facilitated by DASH Landlord Accreditation.

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One licensing scheme is for any HMO which does not already hold a mandatory licence. Additional licensing will require HMO landlords not covered by the mandatory scheme to apply for a licence. This scheme will cover all HMOs occupied by three or more unrelated persons and buildings converted into self-contained flats where they are occupied by tenants.

The other focuses on privately-rented accommodation within a designated area and aims to improve standards. This selective licensing scheme requires all landlords operating within a designated area to licence their property - the council says that at first this will apply to the Hastings and Lemyngton wards in Loughborough.

Income generated from the fees will only be used to cover the scheme’s running costs.

 

Online consultations are now open and will run until October 23 but the specialist forum for landlords takes place this afternoon.

The forum will include representatives from the borough council, DASH Services, a joint-working initiative with local authorities, property owners and landlords, plus the National Residential Landlords Association.

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    If this scheme was operating in order to address homelessness with funds raised I would (as a local landlord in Charnwood) fully support the initiative. However, it seems that it could be yet another way of raising money for more useless time-wasting bureaucracy! I have lived in this area for 36 years and been a landlord for over 20. The number of irresponsible landlords locally are very few and are well known to the authorities already. This scheme will deter new, younger people from buying- to- let in Charnwood and create even more homelessness than exists at present.

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    "The number of irresponsible landlords locally are very few and are well known to the authorities already."

    I suspect these schemes tax responsible landlords in order to fund the council in dealing with the small minority of rogue landlords.

    Rotherham Council started a 5 year scheme in 2015 which ended this year. So you would expect that all licensed properties had been brought up to a satisfactory standard during the 5 year period. Job done! Apparently not!

    RMBC have now decided to begin a new 5 year scheme for the same properties! I imagine their reasoning would be so the property standards are maintained. Again the vast majority of landlords will keep their properties in good order without needing to pay £600 for the council to watch over them.

    During the 2015-2020 scheme it cost me £600 to receive the recommendation that I should change my perfectly good smoke alarms to wifi connected ones.

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    And those without the obligatory smart arse phones? Stupid council official trying to justify their existence. I trust you told them where the sun does not shine would be a good place to put the idea.

     
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    Those Schemes now existing in other Boroughs have done enormous damage apart from all the unnecessary costs which for the most parts are Councils / Government bureaucracy. I see 3 main issues straight away caused by regulations / Licensing that didn't exist before and caused by their interference directly and I can vouch for that. SUBLETTING, OVERCROWDING & ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, those 3 issues virtually didn't exist before they caused them.
    Landlord control taken away & given to the Tenant + excluding the LL from the Property.
    Landlord restricted by HMO license as to the number of occupants who can reside at the Property.
    Then they said Tenants are allowed to have guests ? the Tenant then has all this extra empty space created to sub-let + over loading the existing rooms and causing over crowding.
    The over crowding is the biggest cause of Anti-Social behavior, and that's just for starters, but we must be fit & proper persons, now I have to go & do some actual work before I get sick on the key board..

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    Totally agree. When I was a student around 50 years ago, it was quite common for at least 8 to share a 4 bed flat - sometimes more in older flats with huge rooms.

    Now Glasgow City Council limits occupancy to 4 unrelated adults in a flat built to accommodate at least twice that number and charges nearly £2000 initially for a 3 year HMO licence with over £900 payable every 3 years on renewal. That's on top of around £3000 for new fire doors, mains operated interlinked smoke alarms, emergency lighting etc.

    No wonder rents are still on the increase and the housing shortage isn't getting any better.

    If students were willing to share bedrooms with flatmates (and not just casual strangers) then individual rents could be halved and lots of student flats available for housing families.

     
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