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Selective licensing of Landlords fails Tenants

These powers allow local authorities to monitor and regulate landlords in areas of low housing demand or which experience high levels of anti-social behaviour.

However, according to ARLA’s research, only 12 out of some 400 local authorities have used these powers to introduce Selective Licensing to date.

And across these local authorities, ARLA’s research shows that only fifteen landlords have been prosecuted for failing to comply with the licensing requirements.

This is despite schemes which have been operational for several months having already identified landlords that are not fulfilling their responsibilities.

ARLA has also discovered inconsistencies around the implementation of Selective Licensing, with local authorities enforcing the legislation on a region-by-region basis.

Ian Potter, Operations Manager of ARLA, comments: “ARLA’s research highlights the low number of prosecutions and the inconsistent means by which Selective Licensing is enforced, and the need for a national scheme to regulate the PRS.

“The Government’s argument that Selective Licensing allows local authorities to deal with the problem of rogue landlords does not stand up to scrutiny. Only a small number of local authorities operate Selective Licensing schemes and these have led to very few prosecutions for those landlords who do not carry out their obligations.

“We again urge the Government to re-examine Selective Licensing, and as a bare minimum, strengthen the obligations of local authorities and landlords to provide adequate protection for tenants in the Private Rented Sector.”

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  1. sally twyman says:

    I am a 75year old landlord and I own a small terrace house in an area of Salford where the council have introduced Selective Licensing of landlords. It is managed by my agent as I live several hundred miles away. In the last few years I have spent over half the sum I paid for it to improve the property. I have today received the “pack” and it would seem I have to pay over £400 for the licence and also have to be CRB checked.
    I cannot be bothered with all the forms to fill and the fee I have to pay for the privilege. I resent having to be CRB checked and also having to pay for that! I will probably put my property on the market to avoid all the stress and extra expence involved.

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