Landlords against licence scheme

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 July 2016

Housing inspector

Housing inspector

Archant

Landlords in Weston-super-Mare say the council’s new licence scheme – aimed at tackling rogue landlords – is ‘short-sighted’ and a ‘money-making exercise’.

But North Somerset Council deputy leader Elfan Ap Rees says it is necessary to improve ‘poor quality rented housing’.

In a bid to improve accommodation standards, the council has introduced a licence to cover Central ward and part of Hillside. The licence will cost £320 and will be valid for five years, so equates to £1.23 a week.

But now, 52 landlords have set up the Somerset Property Network to campaign against the scheme.

A spokesman for the network said all landlords are getting ‘tarred with the same brush’, and said: “We do not need the council to tell us how to run our businesses and charge us for the privilege of doing so.

“So we have created this group for competent landlords across Somerset, where we can all get together and unite as one voice. We can also challenge the council as a united stronghold over landlord issues in the future.

“It is so short-sighted to lose 
landlord support as the tenant only ends up back through the council doors costing North Somerset money.”

The licence will carry a minimum standard criteria and anyone not meeting the benchmark could be prosecuted, so the council could take over the management of the property.

The network has accused the council of introducing the scheme as a ‘money-making exercise’, but Cllr Ap Rees said: “We are determined to root out rogue landlords in this area of Weston and we need to be in a position to inspect all rental properties within the selected area.

“To do that, we have to cover the costs. The basic charge is the cost 
of the license and the compliance visit.

“We accept that sometimes it isn’t the landlords, it may be the tenants that cause the damage but the only way to monitor that is to visit the property.

“Conscientious landlords have nothing to fear.”

To find out more about the network, visit www.facebook.com/groups/SomersetPropertyNetwork

Other News Stories

Weston’s skies will be filled with magnificent displays while the Beach Lawns will be taken over by stalls this weekend.

Read more

Former World War One servicemen will be remembered around the country in November but six Weston-super-Mare families’ war stories will be told at the Armed Forces weekend.

Read more
15:55

Waiting times at Weston General Hospital’s emergency department are at their lowest level for more than two years.

Read more
59 minutes ago

A 10-year-old boy has surpassed his £400 target after completing a one-mile swim for a children’s charity.

Read more

A £1.6million project which will transform a Somerset town has been backed by town councillors.

Read more
14:00

A popular tourist attraction has increased its efforts to ‘protect rare and endangered’ creatures.

Read more
11:00

Live music, delicious food and a range of fun and games will be enjoyed at a charity event this weekend.

Read more

A temporary appointment has been made to fill North Somerset Council’s chief executive vacancy.

Read more
09:00

A cricket club’s showpiece event was a ‘resounding success’ at the weekend – attracting a healthy crowd.

Read more
08:00

The Liberal Democrats has announced its Weston parliamentary candidate for the next General Election.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 11°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder