Waltham Forest Council will now decide how much they will charge landlords per rented property after a 'selective licensing' scheme was passed in the cabinet meeting

Waltham Forest Council will begin 'selective licensing' to tackle rogue landlords next year

Waltham Forest Council will begin 'selective licensing' to tackle rogue landlords next year

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Tenants in Waltham Forest could be hit in the pocket next year according to landlords who now face an annual fee of up to £500 per property because of an ‘established link’ between anti-social behaviour and privately rented homes.

At a meeting of Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet yesterday, a borough-wide scheme was agreed to monitor landlords.

As of April next year landlords across the borough will be made to sign a register and pay a fee per let property as a part of the ‘selective licensing’ scheme.

It was voted in by half of the cabinet unanimously, the other four sat out - because they are landlords.

Outlining the plans for the five-year project, Khevyn Limbajee, portfolio holder for housing, told the cabinet the scheme is used in other boroughs to bring down the amount of anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping.

For the full story see this week's Waltham Forest Guardian and Chingford Guardian, out on Thursday.

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10:25am Wed 25 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

It just shows how out of touch these Councillors are if they blame fly tipping on the private rental sector. I rent my flat and have never fly tipped anything. My landlord has already told me that he will have to put any licensing fee on my rent so we as renters lose. This is just the start. Ridiculous scheme. Purely to make money.
It just shows how out of touch these Councillors are if they blame fly tipping on the private rental sector. I rent my flat and have never fly tipped anything. My landlord has already told me that he will have to put any licensing fee on my rent so we as renters lose. This is just the start. Ridiculous scheme. Purely to make money. Villagecranberry
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11:04am Wed 25 Jun 14

Thunderbird4 says...

It was voted in by half of the cabinet unanimously, the other four sat out - because they are landlords.

So, the chair's vote, to carry the decision, was from a company man who was not a landlord and believes it is the landlord who controls the actions of the tenant regarding the dumping of rubbish.
It was voted in by half of the cabinet unanimously, the other four sat out - because they are landlords. So, the chair's vote, to carry the decision, was from a company man who was not a landlord and believes it is the landlord who controls the actions of the tenant regarding the dumping of rubbish. Thunderbird4
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12:19pm Wed 25 Jun 14

mdj says...

'It was voted in by half of the cabinet unanimously, the other four sat out - because they are landlords.'

Names, please; was there a casting vote? What are the interests of the Chair?

Adding a cost to a business which the customer will inevitably pay gets us no closer to identifying those responsible for the ASB that imposes costs on the Council to clear up.

And there we were, naively thinking that this was intended to provide an inspection system to check the quality of the accommodation provided.
'It was voted in by half of the cabinet unanimously, the other four sat out - because they are landlords.' Names, please; was there a casting vote? What are the interests of the Chair? Adding a cost to a business which the customer will inevitably pay gets us no closer to identifying those responsible for the ASB that imposes costs on the Council to clear up. And there we were, naively thinking that this was intended to provide an inspection system to check the quality of the accommodation provided. mdj
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4:11pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Don't Give Up says...

As Ascham Homes are not included in this scheme, shouldn't they be fined and have to pay anytime their tenants commit a wrong doing such as fly tipping. After all, it is not just properties let by private landlords where such things are occurring.
As Ascham Homes are not included in this scheme, shouldn't they be fined and have to pay anytime their tenants commit a wrong doing such as fly tipping. After all, it is not just properties let by private landlords where such things are occurring. Don't Give Up
  • Score: 10

2:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Garrow says...

This is a piece of legislation which has been around since 2004, so we got along for 10 years without it. Like others, I have a lot of questions, for one thing there was a consultation on this, what was the outcome? According to the legislation there has to be proof of a link between private rented tenants and antisocial behaviour, what is the proof? How will this be run, who will run it? Will there be a programme of inspections and reinspections? At a time when all we hear from Robbins and Co. is about cuts to council staff, does this mean there will be jobs created? This is Labour extremism at its worst "we're right, you're wrong, live with it!" It's the tenants who will have to pay for this that I feel sorry for, Their rent will go up and they may have the pleasure of having Town Hall busybodies inspecting their properties.
This is a piece of legislation which has been around since 2004, so we got along for 10 years without it. Like others, I have a lot of questions, for one thing there was a consultation on this, what was the outcome? According to the legislation there has to be proof of a link between private rented tenants and antisocial behaviour, what is the proof? How will this be run, who will run it? Will there be a programme of inspections and reinspections? At a time when all we hear from Robbins and Co. is about cuts to council staff, does this mean there will be jobs created? This is Labour extremism at its worst "we're right, you're wrong, live with it!" It's the tenants who will have to pay for this that I feel sorry for, Their rent will go up and they may have the pleasure of having Town Hall busybodies inspecting their properties. Garrow
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11:51am Sun 29 Jun 14

faro0485 says...

Isn't it wonderful that everyone voted for labour? They just love giving the party more money. Expect a pay rise mssrs councillor.
Isn't it wonderful that everyone voted for labour? They just love giving the party more money. Expect a pay rise mssrs councillor. faro0485
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