*BREAKING NEWS* Landlord group stops local authority going ahead with Selective Licensing

*BREAKING NEWS* Landlord group stops local authority going ahead with Selective Licensing

As you may (or may not) be aware, North Somerset Council recently approved the introduction of a selective licensing scheme to improve poor quality private rented housing in Weston-super-Mare town centre.

This saw the introduction of the Somerset Property Network; a group of landlords who decided to join forces to oppose the new licensing scheme – lead by Paul Routledge, Sam Jackson (veteran property investors) and Samantha Boyd (a PRS tenant) – who, over the last 2 weeks, managed to raise £12,000 to take the council to Judicial Review in order to overturn the decision, as they deemed the initial consultation to be perfunctory and unnecessary; ‘a money making exercise at the expense of good landlords and tenants.’

As of today, North Somerset Council have officially stated that they will not be progressing with the original licensing scheme as they are aware that the Somerset Property Network have challenged this decision, suggesting a number of alternatives.

Committed to driving up the standards of privately rented housing across North Somerset, once they have considered the additional feedback provided by landlords they will carry out a further review of the options available to improve the condition of privately rented homes.

Looking to the future, NSC are now arranging a meet with representatives of local landlords, including members of the Somerset Property Network and the Private Sector Housing Forum to explore the alternatives suggested.

NSC will be in touch in early September to arrange an initial meeting and, in addition, will engage with a cross-section of tenants to obtain a balanced view from the sector.

This truly demonstrates that North Somerset Council is listening and willing to work with responsible landlords to improve housing conditions for all tenants across the county.

Paul Routledge, CEO of TenantReferencingUK.com, said:

‘It is a great day for democracy and it proves it is never too late to talk. Good landlords in Weston-super-Mare are determined to rid problem landlords of our communities as much as any council; bad landlords reduce our investments and bring problems to our neighbourhoods. But the way forward is to work with the good to fight bad, so lets hope that’s what we can do now.
It is our intention to put together a Somerset Property Network Voluntary Charter, whereby we can submit a standard that we all believe [as landlords] should be met and work with our good tenants to provide long-term, better homes for all.
It is simple, good landlords want good tenants and good tenants want good landlords; that works for us all.
I thank the hundreds of landlords who joined Somerset Property Network, and our sponsors TROnlineLetting.co.uk, in supporting our bid to find a better way for North Somerset’s private rented sector.’
Co-organiser Samantha Boyd, N. Somerset private renter, said:

‘The support we’ve had on this case has been absolutely phenomenal, not just from Somerset Landlords but from landlords right around
the country too. Even better, the money that we raised to take NSC to judicial review can now be spent on property improvements to provide better homes and communities for all.
All councils need to take a leaf out of North Somerset Councils book and listen to their good landlords and tenants, for a fair and just outcome for everyone.’

Author: News Feed