Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Time is running out for Landlords

Landlords who own a property in Cliftonville are being reminded by Thanet District Council to apply for their Selective Licence by the end of March 2013, before the prices increase.
In November last year, the High Court confirmed Thanet District Council’s decision to introduce a Selective Licensing Scheme in certain parts of Cliftonville. The scheme was introduced in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour and low housing demand and improve the management of privately rented properties. Go to www.thanet.gov.uk/housing.aspx  to find out if your property is affected. 

There are significant penalties for non-compliance. Furthermore, licence fees will be increasing on 01 April 2013.
Without a licence
You could be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000
You cannot serve a section 21 notice to regain possession of your property
You may be required by law to repay the rents you have received
The aim is to achieve 100% compliance, and we have already begun collecting evidence in preparation for a large number of prosecutions.
If you are a tenant and your landlord has not licensed your flat or house, or you are a home owner and are aware of an unlicensed property nearby, you can report this to the council. You don’t need to leave a name and can remain anonymous.
Tanya Wenham, Housing Regeneration Manager for Community Services, said “We were delighted when we found out we had won the case for selective licensing in the Cliftonville area of Margate. Implementing the scheme was the right decision for our residents and the High Court agreed with us. Thanet is the first council in Kent to have such a scheme.
“It now means that the residents of Cliftonville have greater protection against rogue landlords. This will improve the quality of life for those living in the area and should make a positive difference to the whole community."

To find out more or to download an application form call 01843 577437 or email housing.conditions@thanet.gov.uk and visit www.thanet.gov.uk/housing.aspx

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