Increased costs for tenants living in Doncaster

Carl Agar, the NLA Local Representative for Doncaster
Carl Agar, the NLA Local Representative for Doncaster

Carl Agar, the NLA Local Representative for Doncaster provides the latest blog speaking about Selective Licensing in his City.

The introduction of Selective Licensing can have positive impacts in many communities that have problems.

The NLA fully supports the introduction of Selective Licensing but only when it’s matched with the resources to resolve the problems.

The concern for landlords is that the introduction will be a political show and will not deliver the positive outcomes that tenants and landlords wish to see. It is in the best interest of all parties to work together to fix the problems that arise.

We welcome the additional resources that will be allocated through the introduction of Selective Licensing to tackle anti-social behaviour, litter and criminal activity.

In order to introduce Selective Licensing, an authority will have to show how such a designation will be part of the overall strategic borough wide approach, and how it fits with existing policies on homelessness, empty homes, regeneration and Anti-social behaviour.

This condition is also highlighted in the explanatory note to the Housing Act 2004, which states:

‘In order for a scheme to be approved, such a selective licensing scheme must be shown to be co-ordinated with an authority’s wider strategies to deal with anti-social behaviour and regeneration.’

The concern the NLA have is that the introduction of Selective licensing will increase the cost of living for those tenants in rented housing in Doncaster as some landlords will pass the costs through to the tenants. Therefore, tenants and landlords will have increased cost with very little improvement in the community. The increase in costs for renting property in Doncaster would affect the accessibility of rented property for many hard pressed people.

–  Do you have any thoughts on what Carl has said or indeed on Selective Licensing on a whole? We’ll be happy to hear your comments. 

4 thoughts on “Increased costs for tenants living in Doncaster

  1. I often hear that costs associated with licensing fee may be passed onto tenants through increased rents. I really can’t see the business case for this. As a landlord, all property related costs are a reality but can I just increase the rent (perhaps above market rents) to cover my costs without the risk of being competitive. I doubt it

  2. Selective licensing has been with us in middlesbrough for five years. Yes it has had positive results because it has made those employed like the police, anti social behaviour team, social services and the local authority actually sit up and do the jobs they are paid to do. This is all atthe cost to the private landlord who cannot pass this onn the tenants as they are all on benefits
    . Some landlords found they could not let husrs in SL areas and other landlords would not take tenants who came fro those areas. The problems of asb are not really being addressed only shoved into somr one else backyard. Eviction of these tenants is no hardship as there is a surplus of housing and landlords would rather have a tenant than pay council tax. Stopping their HB only hurts the landlord, stopping their income support increases crime. Asb can only be controlled by residential rehab. Having said all this asb is not as bad as reported.
    Carl if Doncaster is just starting on this route, they no longer need governmemt approval but make sure they have a data base line, a business plan and a Scrutiny Committee with private landlords sitting on. They should also invite tenants and landlords to sit on the S L Committee. You should also ask for full accounts showing how many hours stsff have spent beyond their normal hours on S L. They need to justify the fees they charge landlords
    Good luck. Sue Thompson.

  3. Raj – if all properties require a license, then the majority of landlords (if not all) will pass on this cost through increased rents, meaning that ‘market rents’ will rise. This is the massive downside of applying blanket Selective Licensing across a wide rental area – tenants can’t escape this additional tax without moving out of the area entirely.

  4. I agree with your comments. However since this administration likes to devolve responsibility to local authorities they seem to ride rough shod over the guidance and sentiment. I think that selective licensing is yet another tax on landlords. All this will do in the medium and longer term is to see an increase in the rents albeit gradually. I agree with Raj in that a short term rise will not happen.

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