NLA launches social media campaign against Selective Licensing

A social media campaign against the introduction of Selective Licensing in certain parts of England has been launched by the National Landlords Association.

The NLA said more councils were bringing forward Selective Licensing schemes where there was little substantial evidence to justify them.

Working closely with its local members, the NLA is campaigning to stop the introduction of Selective Licensing and help landlords and tenants who would be directly affected by proposing more constructive alternative approaches.

The NLA said it believed Selective Licensing would not solve the problem of poor housing standards, anti-social behaviour or low housing demand and was concerned the legislation would merely serve to license the good, law-abiding landlords and push the criminal landlords further underground; it is unlikely that a criminal landlord would apply for a license.

NLA Chairman Carolyn Uphill said: “Selective licensing is a powerful tool at the disposal of local authorities, but it is only one of many available and should only be used when appropriate. Licensing is expensive and has the potential to have a disproportionate impact on the compliant majority who are not at fault while allowing the criminal minority to continue beneath the radar.

“Councils already have a vast array of existing powers available to them to deal with criminals and we believe that targeted intelligence-led enforcement against rogue operators is a better solution.”

Article courtesy of Letting Agent Today

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