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Plans to blitz bad landlords

The Argus: Plans to blitz bad landlords Plans to blitz bad landlords

A LABOUR-run city council would launch a new licensing scheme to crack down on rogue landlords.

Labour in Brighton and Hove have unveiled plans to licence private sector landlords in a move they say will “strengthen tenants’ rights” and “root out unscrupulous landlords”.

The licensing system, which has been launched in a small number of other local authorities across the country, would see landlords pay a “small” fee for a five-year licence to rent out properties.

Opposition councillors questioned the effectiveness of the scheme pointing to trials elsewhere in the country which had found the scheme to be “costly,” “ineffective” and “open to legal challenge”.

Labour’s housing spokeswoman Chaun Wilson said that landlords would have to demonstrate their ability to maintain their property to “pre-agreed standards” to the council before being granted a licence.

The council would have the power to fine landlords who fail to register with the scheme and recover any rents or housing benefits paid while a property was not licensed. The party say they want to build on the success of the current HMO licensing scheme in the city and the rental licensing scheme in areas such as Newham in London where the council has successfully taken action against more than 100 landlords since February 2013.

Brighton and Hove has one of the highest proportion of renters in the country with almost three in ten of the city’s private housing stock on the rental market.

Labour says the plans would go out to public consultation should they win the 2015 election.

Councillor Wilson said: “With the largest private rented sector in England outside London, it is only right we look at measures to strengthen tenants’ rights and protect them from poor quality housing.”

Conservative housing spokesman Garry Peltzer Dunn said the jury was still out on universal licensing in the private rented sector.

He said: “Both Manchester and Milton Keynes carried out trials but concluded that it was costly and ineffective at tackling rogue landlords and could also be open to legal challenge.

“We all want to see the small minority of rogue landlords brought to book but there is a real danger that the cost and additional red tape will simply drive good landlords away.”

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10:54am Thu 3 Jul 14

FC says...

It won't happen. Hands down, this WILL NOT HAPPEN under a Labour council.

All you will do is end up with a database of good landlord. The crap ones will just go rogue.
It won't happen. Hands down, this WILL NOT HAPPEN under a Labour council. All you will do is end up with a database of good landlord. The crap ones will just go rogue. FC
  • Score: 2

11:13am Thu 3 Jul 14

rustynuts 2012 says...

What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords.
What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords. rustynuts 2012
  • Score: 1

11:29am Thu 3 Jul 14

RAS Putin says...

rustynuts 2012 wrote:
What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords.
The solution, dear person, is to sell up to a deserving young family. Spend the money on improving your grammar, spelling and orthography.
[quote][p][bold]rustynuts 2012[/bold] wrote: What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords.[/p][/quote]The solution, dear person, is to sell up to a deserving young family. Spend the money on improving your grammar, spelling and orthography. RAS Putin
  • Score: -2

12:02pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

This appears to be the second time this week that the Labour Party have proposed this. And correct me if I am wrong, but didn't they make a similar proposal earlier this year as well?
This appears to be the second time this week that the Labour Party have proposed this. And correct me if I am wrong, but didn't they make a similar proposal earlier this year as well? Goldenwight
  • Score: 3

12:06pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Goldenwight says...

rustynuts 2012 wrote:
What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords.
The solution here is very easy and already in place- it is quite possible to have rent paid direct to landlords. As for tenants that 'trash properties' they generally find themselves intentionally homeless and eligible for LA or Social Housing. Whether they ever get it or not is another matter.

And may I also point out that the overall majority of private tenants are not on Social Security benefits- although a number may receive a small contribution ffrom the LA in the form of HB they would probably prefer NOT to disclose this to their landlords as it will immediately get them a bad reputation.
[quote][p][bold]rustynuts 2012[/bold] wrote: What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords.[/p][/quote]The solution here is very easy and already in place- it is quite possible to have rent paid direct to landlords. As for tenants that 'trash properties' they generally find themselves intentionally homeless and eligible for LA or Social Housing. Whether they ever get it or not is another matter. And may I also point out that the overall majority of private tenants are not on Social Security benefits- although a number may receive a small contribution ffrom the LA in the form of HB they would probably prefer NOT to disclose this to their landlords as it will immediately get them a bad reputation. Goldenwight
  • Score: -3

11:59pm Fri 4 Jul 14

KarenT says...

RAS Putin wrote:
rustynuts 2012 wrote:
What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords.
The solution, dear person, is to sell up to a deserving young family. Spend the money on improving your grammar, spelling and orthography.
So property owners should sell to "deserving people" rather than the highest bidder? How does one determine 'deservedness' I wonder. Ask God for a reference?
[quote][p][bold]RAS Putin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rustynuts 2012[/bold] wrote: What about rogue tenants that trash properties and fail to pay rent when council pay it direct to tenant and not landlord its a 2 way street council need to pay landlord direct, perhaps the private landlords are fed up with negativity from the benefits department refusing to speak too them about the rent cos the tenant hasn't given permission where would the councils be with out private landlords.[/p][/quote]The solution, dear person, is to sell up to a deserving young family. Spend the money on improving your grammar, spelling and orthography.[/p][/quote]So property owners should sell to "deserving people" rather than the highest bidder? How does one determine 'deservedness' I wonder. Ask God for a reference? KarenT
  • Score: 0

12:04am Sat 5 Jul 14

KarenT says...

Forgot to mention, this is simply a way of raising £'s, a bit like parking tickets. They'll take the money, but it will be impossible to create a realistically effective way of monitoring the behaviour of landlords. They simply won't want to spend the money to make it work - but rather keep it for doing sweet FA.
Forgot to mention, this is simply a way of raising £'s, a bit like parking tickets. They'll take the money, but it will be impossible to create a realistically effective way of monitoring the behaviour of landlords. They simply won't want to spend the money to make it work - but rather keep it for doing sweet FA. KarenT
  • Score: 0

1:48am Sat 5 Jul 14

martyt says...

will brighton and hove council be on the list for bad landlords
will brighton and hove council be on the list for bad landlords martyt
  • Score: 0
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