The National Landlords Association (NLA) is calling for Hammersmith Council to reconsider their plans for licensing landlords and is alarmed that the Council has not fully considered the implications for landlords and tenants.
Licensing is a powerful tool at the disposal of local authorities but it should only be used where issues in specific areas are directly attributable to poor property management or standards of private rented housing. The NLA does not believe that Hammersmith and Fulham Council currently has substantial evidence to justify the need for licensing.
Gavin Dick, Local Authority Policy Officer, NLA added:
“Without substantial evidence or the justification for implementing a licensing scheme, all Hammersmith and Fulham Council will achieve is a tax on tenants, as landlords inevitably pass on the cost of the licence. You only have to look at the many other councils which have introduced licensing without a proper evidence-base to see that it has not produced the desired effects.
“If councils are serious about tackling poor property standards and anti-social behaviour, they should first look to the extensive existing legal powers they already have to deal effectively with the issues.”
Tuesday September 13th
LFB: 190-192 Shepherds Bush Road W6 7NL
Meeting registration 6.30pm for 7pm start