The RLA has responded to a consultation on introducing Selective Licensing in parts of Stockton on Tees.
Stockton on Tees Council are proposing a standard licensing fee of £945, which the RLA says is an unnecessary financial burden to put on landlords.
The proposals would involve introducing selective licensing in the areas of Central Stockton and North Thornaby.
In the RLA’s formal response to these plans, which you can read here , the RLA argue that introducing selective licensing in these parts of Stockton on Tees will not improve housing standards, adding that the Council already has the necessary tools to tackle poor housing management and conditions in the private rented sector. As an alternative to introducing a selective licensing scheme, that will likely see resources wasted processing applications. The RLA believes that the Council should directed the resource at identifying private rented properties, and take effective enforcement actions if necessary.
The RLA also say that introducing licensing in these areas could put pressure on areas that are not under selective licensing designation. As a result of this, the RLA argue this could mean additional costs to other council services.
Find out more
- Want to hear more about selective licensing schemes? Richard Tacagni of London Property Licensing will be speaking at our Future Renting conference on 13th September in London. Book your ticket here.
- Do you know of any selective licensing schemes currently under consultation? Please let us know by emailing campaigns@ rla.org.uk