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End Selective Licencing – Housing Act 2004

Comment 9th July 2010

The Housing Act 2004 allowed local authorities to designate areas as being subject to selective licencing. This means landlords cannot let properties out unless they get a licence and it is one licence per property. This punishes people who have been successful and got large portfolios.

I would like to see Selective Licencing abolished & councils encouraged to use their exisiting powers to deal with dodgy landlords.

Why does this matter?

No-one actually benefits from the Selective Licencing schemes as tenants are protected by exisiting laws on gas safety etc. The licences cost £300-400 per property and sometimes more and this is money which should have been invested in the properties rather than given to the councils simply to get permission to operate one's business.

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