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Manchester council launch crackdown on rogue landlords in battle on poor quality housing

Landlords must now apply for licence or face a huge fine as part of battle against overcrowded and shoddy flats

Manchester council bosses are cracking down on rogue landlords with a new licensing scheme.

The initiative, which is being trialled in Crumpsall , comes after a flood of complaints were received about the poor quality housing by private tenants.

Landlords and management agents will now have to apply for a special licence in order to rent out their flats - and show proof that gas checks have been done and smoke alarms are working.

The M.E.N. reported in June how council bosses were poised to take action after concerns about neglected properties, overcrowding and anti-social behaviour.

They said they would look at Crumpsall, Moston and the student areas of Rusholme and Old Moat.

Now it has been confirmed that the first pilot will begin in Crumpsall this week - covering a number of streets within the ward. They could also launch in the three other areas over the next few months.

Landlords will have three months to apply for a licence, with those who fail to do so could be hit with a fine.

Each area will be used to monitor the effectiveness of Selective Licensing in Manchester.

Licenses will make it obligatory for them to keep up to date gas and electric safety certificate, safe condition of electrical appliances, and working smoke detectors.

Tenants will also have it be provided with a written tenancy agreement and landlords will be obliged to demand references.

Coun Garry Bridges, Manchester council’s lead member for Selective Licensing, said: “Following a wide consultation and public engagement events, we now have a focused selective licensing area for Crumpsall.

“The licensing scheme will be monitored closely to ensure the programme is having a positive impact on housing standards in the area.

“A number of issues have already been uncovered, including a number of serious and dangerous hazards, which are being pursued.

“The message is clear: if you’re a landlord who thinks they can get away with renting a shoddy home, we are coming for you.”

The streets which will be covered by the licensing scheme include, Ash Tree Road, Birch Road, Brookfield Road, Claude Street, Cravenwood Street, Crumpsall Lane, Delaunays Road, Eadington Road, Hermitage Road, Houghton Road, Lansdowne Road, Lidiard Street, Linn Street, Moorside, Moss Bank, 90 Moss Bank, Newland Street, Wareham Street, Westbury Road, Woodfield Road, Tracey Street

 

 

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To be honest, a lot of these places are shit-holes.  No other word for it.  I'm not letting landlords off the hook - but my comment is just exasperation at how even shit-holes are becoming expensive in the UK

e.g. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-57256756.html

Un-be-lie-vable.

So BTL landlords buy a shit-hole, and rent it out.  It's still a shit-hole.  You buy a shit-hole for £175,000 like the link above.  It's still a shit-hole. 

High prices and BTL-ism don't magically convert shit-holes into non-shit-holes.

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They had a go at it in Lightbowne and Moston a few years ago. Scheme has very little history left online - so I assume it was an complete waste of time and money.


This Crumpsall scheme is for 400 properties.

In the time it's taken to set up this scheme they could have actually reinforced the role of environmental health and asked the courts not to allow retaliatory evictions for tenants asking for repairs to be done.

I am against landlord licencing as they could just nudge the courts into making repeat offenders ineligible to hold property for rental purposes.

The scheme is also intended to get landlords to ask for a reference from a previous landlord.

Do you think scumbag's soon to be ex landlord will write them a good reference to get rid of them? 

I do not feel the scheme could possible be self-funding and I assume there will be a pension to pay for any additional staff employed directly from the scheme.

The courts have the biggest role in dealing with nuisance neighbours and bad property management. 





 

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Agree that shit holes in crap areas will probably always be shit holes in crap areas, but hopefully measures like this will tip a few more BTL slumlord investors over the edge and cause them to realise that building up a pwoperdee portfolio isn't the sure fire route to untold wealth they thought it would be.

 

Oh, and it *might* just make life a bit more bearable for the unfortunate people forced to rent from them 

 

 

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1 hour ago, EssKay said:

Agree that shit holes in crap areas will probably always be shit holes in crap areas, but hopefully measures like this will tip a few more BTL slumlord investors over the edge and cause them to realise that building up a pwoperdee portfolio isn't the sure fire route to untold wealth they thought it would be.

 

Oh, and it *might* just make life a bit more bearable for the unfortunate people forced to rent from them 


If the idiot-d-heads are moved out then where will they go? 

There are some people who will always be antisocial nobs and probably need putting somewhere away from the rest of society.

But failing that the only way to deal with them is through the courts. Either locking them up (as above) or instructing them they will be locked up unless they behave.

 

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3 hours ago, canbuywontbuy said:

To be honest, a lot of these places are shit-holes.  No other word for it.  I'm not letting landlords off the hook - but my comment is just exasperation at how even shit-holes are becoming expensive in the UK

e.g. http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-57256756.html

Un-be-lie-vable.

So BTL landlords buy a shit-hole, and rent it out.  It's still a shit-hole.  You buy a shit-hole for £175,000 like the link above.  It's still a shit-hole. 

High prices and BTL-ism don't magically convert shit-holes into non-shit-holes.

You seem to look at the aesthetics and functional side of a property.

Once I chatted with a BTL LL and their logic was "Why should I care about the state of the property as I am not going to live there. Only thing I need to look into is what yield I get. If I am getting £1.50 for every £1 I put in then that is it."

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Wales has already done it for every area.

It will be rolled out across the rest of UK soon I expect.

It's a stupid situation where you are required to have a licence to watch TV but not for having complete control of somebody else's home.

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9 hours ago, Fairyland said:

You seem to look at the aesthetics and functional side of a property.

Once I chatted with a BTL LL and their logic was "Why should I care about the state of the property as I am not going to live there. Only thing I need to look into is what yield I get. If I am getting £1.50 for every £1 I put in then that is it."

Oh yeah, I agree that many landlords have that attitude, and they don't look after their properties and do not care one jot about their tenants.  My point was more that the MSM never pick up on the utterly obvious - that so much housing stock is frankly not fit for purpose to begin with (too damp, too cold, falling apart, single-glazed, not sound-proofed (many converted-to-flats have paper thin walls), not enough natural light.  In fact, natural light and noise proofing doesn't seem to be a consideration these days. NOPE - slap a big price on it, and magically a property becomes amazing and "worth it".  In an ideal world, 25% to 30% of Manchester would be demolished and be rebuilt.

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