Labour Parties thinly veiled dislike of landlords and everything that they perceive them to stand for. Other Labour controlled councils could follow Newhams lead and vote for wholesale mandatory licensing in their areas.
Newham Landlord Licence
Newhams private rented property licensing scheme was approved last June and came into force on 1st of January. It covers an estimated 35,000 private tenancies (one in three of all the borough's households). Landlords who fail to register could be fined up to £20,000.
The Council spokesman Newham Mayor, Robin Wales said that its' scheme is intended
‘to tackle squalor, overcrowding and illegal dwellings in the east
London borough’. And it says three quarters of private tenants have been
found to support the scheme.
‘This scheme shows that Newham
is leading the country when it comes to tackling bad landlords who
flout the law. We will never accept private sector tenants being
directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and
‘Good landlords have nothing to fear from this scheme. For the bad ones,
this a clear message they must clean up their act – or pay the price,’
The cost to landlords
The discounted cost to landlords is £150 for 5 years providing they register before the 31st January deadline. The non discounted rate for the landlord licence is £500.
The question about the scheme is how will having a landlord licence equate to the holder being a good landlord and indeed ensure they are letting out quality accommodation? This is a question that Newham or non of the other supporters of a basic tick box landlord licence can really answer. Which begs the other question. What is the point then?
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