Is common sense starting to prevail
I was chatting to one of our clients in Weston-Super-Mare about some up coming tenant evictions. As normal we discussed issues within the lettting industry and how the media and the government like to bash the good old private landlord.
It seems a group of landlords calling themselves the Somerset Property Network have have successfully halted the planned introduction of a selective licensing scheme proposed by its local council.
The group of more than 80 buy to let landlords got together over the summer and collectively raised in excess of 312k in readiness to legally challenge the decision of North Somerset Council to introduce a licensing scheme across parts of the town.
The proposed licensing scheme would have covered parts of Weston-Super-Mare and cost £320 for a five-year license. The landlords decided that a legal challenge was necessary to stop the initiative being introduced.
Due to the efforts of the Somerset Property Network, North Somerset Council has stated it will not be proceeding with the planned scheme. Failing to comply with the minimum standard could have faced potentially face prosecution. From speaking to the letting agent the council have not given an indication of why they have delayed the licence only that they will now consider and deliberate over the additional feedback provided by landlords.
Question, does this set a case for other property network groups to challenge existing licensing schemes?