This week the Government have announced a review into the overall performance and validity of selective licensing in the private rented sector.
Revealed by the MHCLG, independent commissioners will gather evidence from landlord associations, local authorities and other bodies that represent landlords, tenants and housing professionals aiming to report their findings in a Spring 2019 review. Further updates on its progress are expected this Autumn.
This can only be good news for the private rented sector, and we look forward to taking part in MHCLG’s consultation.
2 years ago this August, North Somerset Council halted plans to introduce selective licensing in some areas of Weston-Super-Mare, after our landlord group opened talks with them to discuss a number of viable alternatives. Using a proactive and fair approach, North Somerset recognised there was another way forward that would achieve better results and encourage good working practices with private landlords; so vital in the current rental market, considering the lack of social housing.
This April, NSC announced the way forward for the districts private rented sector. From July 2018, private landlords in a defined area of Weston-Super-Mare must apply and become accredited with agencies who offer a full tenants complaints service. North Somerset Council will then begin inspections of non-accredited properties within the designated area from 2nd Jan 2019.
Over the last 2 years the NLCE tenants complaint service has been improving poor living conditions right across North Somerset, instead of imposing ineffective selective licensing on the region. At the NLCE, we believe selective licensing simply allows the rogue landlords to remain ‘under the radar’ whilst penalising the good landlords as well as deterring new investors to join the sector.
As certified providers of the Rent with Confidence West of England Rental Standard, the NLCE will be holding a training day for PRS landlords and letting agents to become accredited for 5 years on 4th October – with further dates to be confirmed. Landlord CPD courses are also set to be held on September 4th, September 27th, October 18th & November 15th, covering important buy-to-let topics such as the Deregulation Act 2015, HMO management, PRS fire safety and the Housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS).