To: Telford & Wrekin Council

Stop Selective Licensing proposed for Telford

Explore alternatives to the Selective Licencing Scheme of Residential Accommodation in the Telford and Wrekin areas of Hadley and Leegomery, Malinslee and Hollinswood, Brookside and Sutton Hill and Woodside being put under consultation to take effect from November 2017.

Why is this important?

We believe that the process of the initial licencing consultation was perfunctory and did not explore alternative solutions to the issues the council is seeking to address. Licence costs can further prevent a landlord from being able to improve their property and do not provide incentive to invest in the local community.

LANDLORDS
We also believe that the licensing of good landlords and the fee payable is without just cause and this licensing scheme, which is targeting good landlords, is in fact discrimination. Discrimination is against the law under the Equality Act 2010. The Equality act clearly states that it is illegal to discriminate against a person in their work place or when buying or renting property. The council has failed to prove the need for the license to every landlord therefore they are discriminating against those landlords who clearly do not need to be licensed. Many of the proposed items are already covered by law and therefore the licence is not needed.

TENANTS
Furthermore, it is discrimination against the tenants that are happy with their rented property in these areas which could now have their reputations tarnished. Tenants may become subject to further rent increases to cover this cost which is on top of the council having already pushing costs of rental accomodation up through the removal of the council tax grace period which was needed to allow for repairs and maintenance to be carried out between tenancies.

HOMEOWNERS
By forcing selective licencing in these locations the council is sending a message to the market that these areas are less desirable and have more problems. This raises the risk of reducing property prices in these areas which will negatively impact homeowners.

Signed: The committee of the Wrekin Landlord Association.

Telford and Wrekin

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Reasons for signing

  • To stop the council from getting money though the back door
  • This proposal discriminates against good landlords at the expense of the bad ones when what the council should be doing is identifying the bad ones and taking action against them.
  • Will not solve any problems as council will not spend the money purely on this. House and vehicle insurance will increase in these areas. Where will it stop when the council realise this is easy money for them. Rents will have to increase for those areas !!!

Updates

2017-08-07 09:18:01 +0100

We've had a response from the council "The petition will be considered and acknowledged as part of the outcome of consultation on the scheme which closes 21st August". Please ensure you use this time to complete your views using the councils official survey at http://bit.ly/TelfordSLSurvey

2017-07-18 19:35:21 +0100

Fantastic work everyone - we've broken through the 1200 signatures mark as we get set to present this at the Full Council meeting this Thursday at 6pm at Oakengates. Keep sharing!

2017-06-23 12:20:31 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-06-11 20:27:39 +0100

Tomorrow (June 12th) is the launch of the official launch of the Selective Licensing consultation. Please keep showing your support and sharing the message while we explore the many options to this approach.

2017-03-31 13:07:20 +0100

500 signatures reached

2017-03-22 18:05:00 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-03-22 14:14:46 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-03-22 13:11:27 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-03-22 11:00:31 +0000

10 signatures reached