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Why I Think Private Landlord Licensing Sucks

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https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/3/waltham-forest-prosecutes-first-landlord-under-licencing-scheme

Dawkins appeared at Thames Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to the charge for failing to obtain a licence. She was fined £800 for the offence, and also ordered to pay costs of £637.31 and a victim surcharge of £80 – making the total financial penalty £1,517.31.


“to improve living standards in the private rented sector and reduce anti-social behaviour.” Every privately rented home in the borough, with a small number of exemptions, is now required to have a licence and comply with licence conditions.

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What has fining this person done to improve housing standards?

Are they the only person who didn't register?

Was the property not fit for human habitation? Are there other properties in the area that actually need work on them for the benefit of tenants?

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It's a council job and pension protection racket imo.

All councils need is the power to deal with bad landlords and publicity to tenants so they know their rights. And for courts to impose restrictions on those landlords who are not fit.

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licence means a registration, which means an easy target for whatever fund raising the Government wants.

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https://www.landlordtoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2016/3/waltham-forest-prosecutes-first-landlord-under-licencing-scheme

Dawkins appeared at Thames Magistrates Court, pleading guilty to the charge for failing to obtain a licence. She was fined £800 for the offence, and also ordered to pay costs of £637.31 and a victim surcharge of £80 – making the total financial penalty £1,517.31.

“to improve living standards in the private rented sector and reduce anti-social behaviour.” Every privately rented home in the borough, with a small number of exemptions, is now required to have a licence and comply with licence conditions.

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What has fining this person done to improve housing standards?

Are they the only person who didn't register?

Was the property not fit for human habitation? Are there other properties in the area that actually need work on them for the benefit of tenants?

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It's a council job and pension protection racket imo.

All councils need is the power to deal with bad landlords and publicity to tenants so they know their rights. And for courts to impose restrictions on those landlords who are not fit.

Pour encourager les autres.

Maybe particularly thick/lazy landlords should just get an exemption from any of this 'elf and safety guff.

If landlords are pissed off that local authorities are getting in on the act, maybe they ought to be asking themselves what it is about the collective experiences of a thriving private rental sector in a community that results in local authorities issuing licences.

It's another reason not to get into landlording. Suck it up, coming to a borough near you, and not a moment too soon imo. Complete unchecked squalor that ought to be stopped. So some 'good' ones will also have to pay, big deal.

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Yet another tax to raise revenue rather than standards. If people are maintaining the property fining them won't help those living with slum lords. I'd rather than tackle real problems over red tape.

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Yet another tax to raise revenue rather than standards. If people are maintaining the property fining them won't help those living with slum lords. I'd rather than tackle real problems over red tape.

Licensing schemes have been well trailed for a long time and yet rather than sell up or join, this LL chose to do neither. Tough!

Hopefully plenty more prosecutions to come to start to turn the tide on shocking standards in parts of the PRS nationwide. If a few disorganised types go under the bus in the process, who cares if it helps to reinforce the idea amongst slumlord wannabes that they are being approached from all sides- financing, regulation, taxation.

Edited by The Knimbies who say No

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