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Darshan Sunger

September 2017

With an ever-increasing demand for properties in the region, Telford landlords are now facing the threat of Selective Licensing being introduced by Telford & Wrekin Council.

The areas identified by the local authority are those of high tenant occupancy which, they claim, are the particular areas of the borough where:

  • properties are poorly managed
  • there are higher rates of housing disrepair
  • turnover of residents is higher
  • there is increased littering and fly-tipping
  • there are more resident complaints
  • and ASB orders.

The proposed licence fee is £610 per property for an initial five-year period, with an extensive list of 60 mandatory conditions which landlords will have to comply with – most of which are covered by existing legislation introduced by the various Housing Acts, plus other random (and totally unreasonable) requirements.

Demand continues to outstrip supply of rental property throughout the Telford and surrounding areas. Together with the inevitable ban of tenant fees looming, Stamp Duty, changes to income tax relief and increasing legislation, agents in the area are understandably concerned that the introduction of selective licensing will lead to landlords deciding to sell their investment properties in these areas. There are also concerns that tenants will avoid areas due to stigmatisation, an inevitable decrease in property values, and an increase in demand for properties in other areas.

WHAT GOOD WILL IT DO?

We know this is not the first area where Selective Licensing has been introduced, and it won’t be the last, but Wrekin Landlords Association is actively campaigning on behalf of their members while the consultation is taking place. Numerous meetings have taken place, where local landlords and agents have been actively participating in the campaign, and pledging substantial amounts towards a Judicial Review, should this be needed.

Dawn Clarke FARLA MNAEA
ARLA Propertymark Regional Representative
dawnclarke@arla-reps.co.uk