The RLA has recently responded to a consultation from Northampton Borough Council regarding additional licensing for HMOs in the borough.
Additional licensing for HMOs in the borough is proposed under the guise of several arguments by the Council. The RLA responded to these proposals by arguing that locally:
- Licensing will not encourage good management: The council already has 100 laws and 400 regulations at their disposal for regulating housing conditions within the sector.
- Private landlords are not responsible for the anti-social behaviour (ASB) of their tenants.
- The potential of landlords to relocate to avoid unnecessary and pointless licensing fees is a real possibility.
- Charging landlords hundreds of pounds, who provide a good service to their tenants to continue their professions may deter others from investing in the sector.
These arguments were backed by issues relating to licensing at a national level, including reference to last year’s Court of Appeal case that radically altered the landscape for landlord licensing, and has seen local authorities such as Ipswich begin to refund landlords for overcharging.
The RLA will support measures of a robust accreditation scheme, backed by cooperative support from local authorities, and rigorous enforcement against criminals, is the best way to improve standards in the private rented sector.
- You can review the document in full by clicking here.