Landlords in Hyndburn are considering legal action following the introduction of a selective licensing scheme.
The scheme, which covers 1,500 private rented properties in the Accrington and Church wards, has caused anger amongst hard-working, local landlords, thanks to its £820-per-property fee and burdensome conditions – neither of which stop criminal landlords operating.
The landlords successfully defeated Hyndburn’s original plans in the High Court 18 months ago, but the local authority has since returned with revised plans, which the landlords are set to challenge once again.
Local landlord, Paul Brown, said, “We feel the council is trying to use this as a fix to cure all of society’s problems. They are using Housing Act legislation to enforce these conditions, but we don’t think this is correct.”