Oadby and Wigston Bor­ough Coun­cil says its new scheme will include 90 streets and rake in £504,000 to fund the scheme.

Landlords in Leicestershire are calling on their local council to rethink a major new selective licensing scheme.

Despite concerns from property owners in the town, Oadby and Wigston Bor­ough Coun­cil has given the green light to a scheme covering 90 streets in the South Wigston area, with the aim of improving private rental accommodation where almost one in three privately rented properties fails to meet the decent home standard.

However, the Leicester Landlords Association has told LandlordZONE that the scheme will just be a money-making exercise which won’t tackle the real cause of the area’s high crime rate and anti-social behaviour.

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“The council doesn’t have enough people employed to implement the scheme properly so they’ll make money, but things will just get worse,” says chairman Tony Bhaur.

“Some landlords don’t realise when criminals have taken over their properties and turned them into HMOs, which is when there are more problems.”

The association believes a compulsory accreditation scheme would be more effective, with a thorough survey of who lives in each rented property to flush out any problems along with rogue landlords.

With 600 chargeable properties in the area, the new scheme has the potential to generate £504,000 a year through the £590 licence.

Tony Cawthorne, regulatory services manager for the council, estimates that 85% of landlords will sign up – with time being allocated for officers to track down and prosecute those that don’t.

“This will give us more powers – it will be a way for good landlords to help us root out the bad and the rogue landlords,” he says.

The scheme starts on 5th May 2020.

3 COMMENTS

  1. This is true it bears absolutely no relation to the purpose stated for literally robbing landlords of their hard earned money. All my houses are to a high standard with tenants who are happy with the house and ourselves. One of the streets is not even within the anti social spectrum but we had to pay it or be fined. I am sick of being ripped off and dictated to by government officials and at the end of my patience.

    • It’s a business, no one is forcing you to stay. I’ve been letting out properties in London boroughs that have had licensing schemes for more than 4 years now. No complaints at all. In fact, it’s been good for business.

      Many of the slumlords driving down rents, those who let their properties become a tip, giving us decent lot a bad name have packed up due to enforcement funded by these levies.

  2. Selective Licensing is a good idea where there is a real problem. However, why should decent landlords with well kept properties and happy tenants be forced to pay the excessive rip-off fees to the councils to increase their coffers?
    We were charged around £700 when there was nothing at all wrong with the property, although some in the area were in need of the legislation.
    The amount of paperwork carried out by the council was minuscule and in no way could it have cost anywhere near £700.
    Landlords today are really struggling with ever increasing laws and regulations in favour the tenant, which are making many anxious to get out of the business ASAP. The government could not cope with the shortage of housing without the PRS and yet seem determined to kill it! Typical action of idiots who have no idea or experience of the real situation but just see it all as another money making scheme backed by legislation making it impossible to argue with.

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