EXCLUSIVE: Council buries high cost of unpopular PRS licensing schemes

Charnwood Council in Leicestershire has given two licensing schemes the go-ahead despite opposition from local landlords about ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - EXCLUSIVE: Council buries high cost of unpopular PRS licensing schemes | LandlordZONE.

EXCLUSIVE: Council buries high cost of unpopular PRS licensing schemes

Charnwood Council in Leicestershire has given two licensing schemes the go-ahead despite opposition from local landlords about its effectiveness and fees.

The council hasn’t made it easy for landlords wondering how much it’s going to cost, as details about the £700 fee for each scheme weren’t provided in the recent announcement and had to be searched out in previous proposal documents.

This is not a surprise – £700 is at the upper end of licensing scheme costs in the UK. For example, similar licensing schemes recently launched in .

Charnwood council, which covers the student town of Loughborough, will introduce both schemes in January 2022: an additional HMO licensing scheme for those properties occupied by three or four unrelated tenants and buildings converted into self-contained flats which are occupied by tenants, as well as a selective licensing scheme which focuses on privately-rented accommodation in the Hastings and Lemyngton wards.

East Midlands landlords in believe it will only increase rents, as landlords faced with additional costs to comply with licensing will probably pass these on in rent, meaning that those on low incomes won’t be able to afford to stay in the properties and could lose their homes.

However, councillor Paul Mercer (picture) lead member for private housing, says the schemes will help improve the standards of properties for tenants and the impact HMOs have on the local area.

He adds: “I am pleased the conditions for these licensing schemes have been approved and we can now move forward with implementing the schemes from January 2022.

“There are many good landlords in the borough who care about their tenants and understand their broader responsibilities, but we have some properties which are poorly managed or have a negative effect on the community.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Scots landlords push for rent arrears grants to be paid direct

The Scottish Association of Landlords is urging the government to pay rent arrears grants direct to landlords ©1999 - Present | Parkmatic Publications Ltd. All rights reserved | LandlordZONE® - EXCLUSIVE: Scots landlords push for rent arrears grants to be paid direct | LandlordZONE.

EXCLUSIVE: Scots landlords push for rent arrears grants to be paid direct

The Scottish Association of Landlords is urging the government to pay rent arrears grants direct to landlords as a way to address hardship in the sector.

The country’s new £10 million grant fund to support those needing help to pay rent as a direct result of Covid was announced last month and should help those unable to access the Tenant Hardship Loan Fund.

“It will hopefully be launched by the end of the year and we are pushing for this money to be paid directly to landlords,” chief executive John Blackwood tells LandlordZONE.

Many of these tenants have not managed to access the £10 million loan fund due to stringent criteria and credit checks.

“A loan suits the tenants in the PRS who have lost their jobs but are likely to get another one, but because it has to be paid back, it’s not for everyone,” says Blackwood.

Temporary restrictions on evictions in Scotland have been extended to 31st March 2022, with the potential to be extended until 30 September 2022, but Blackwood says landlords seem to be working well with tenants to come to agreements over arrears.

“Although landlords are suffering, many have seen the benefit of working with their tenants to sustain the tenancy and avoid eviction.”

Learn from Scotland

As the government in England looks to spend up to £100,000 investigating how best to set up a national register, it could take learnings from Scotland’s landlord registration scheme according to Blackwood, who believes it should be utilised properly to reap the benefits.

The country’s approach – delegating the register to 32 local authorities – is not as effective as a national register and, like selective licensing schemes in England, rogue landlords probably don’t join up.

Blackwood adds: “It could be an excellent way of disseminating information to landlords as many are unaware of their legal responsibilities, but sadly some authorities fail to see the benefit of using the register to engage proactively with local landlords.”

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