Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Council loses court case over Landlord Licensing

Today the Council lost its case brought by private landlords opposing the introduction of licensing of private landlords across much of Accrington. Early guesstimates suggest this may cost local people over £100,000 in legal costs and developing a new scheme from scratch.

It would appear that there were several failings. Poor scheme development by Council officers. A Conservative administration that appeared 'not to be interested' and looking like they were 'going through the motions' to simply negate Labour attracting electoral support.

Early this year I met with the landlords who had had discussions with the previous Conservative Council Leader Peter Britcliffe, now leader of the Opposition. That discussion involved a view by the landlords that in their discussions the former leader had made it clear to them he was only pursuing the scheme to 'stop the Labour Party' politically.

Today's result is indicative of the shambles the last administration left. Last week Labour Councilors were left having to deal with extravagant uncosted promises and a huge black hole in future finances. The cabinet action fund emptied in two weeks and expenditure exceeding income in the current year. This week there has been the car parking fines fiasco and today selective licensing with the costs involved in both potentially running in to £hundreds of thousands.

Today I met with Grant Shapps (Housing Minsiter) PPS, Jake Berry MP for a walk around Woodnook. It was clear that the Governments strategy following the axing of Housing Market Renewal funding is Landlord Licensing and the author have been encouraged to begin rolling out a new scheme.

I believe local Labour councilors are intending to begin a new schemes which will be a bigger, bolder, stronger scheme with much tighter conditions covering a wider area. The Government have made it clear they want rogue landlords stamped out and selective licensing is the preferred tool. That they will not get involved and it is the sole responsibility and discretion of local councils how and where they introduce licensing.

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HMO Landlords win application for Judicial Review | Legal 4 ...
20 May 2011 ... Last week 350 landlords in the Accrington area were delighted when they won the right to be heard in High Court over licensing actions ...
blog.legal4landlords.com/.../hmo-landlords-win-application-for-judicial-review/

Graham Jones MP: Council loses court case over Landlord Licensing
25 May 2011 ... Council loses court case over Landlord Licensing ... opposing the introduction of licensing of private landlords across much of Accrington. ...
hhgrahamjones.blogspot.com/.../council-loses-court-case-over-landlord.html

Housing: HMO landlords win application for Judicial Review
24 May 2011 ... Legal 4 Landlords News reported that last week 350 landlords in the Accrington area won the right to be heard in High Court over licensing ...
theehp.com/.../housing-hmo-landlords-win-application-for-judicial-review/ 

Accrington landlord fined for state of empty home (From Blackburn ...
8 Mar 2010 ... AN ACCRINGTON landlord has been fined £2000 in the first case to reach court under Hyndburn's crackdown on empty properties. ...
www.blackburncitizen.co.uk/.../5048147.Accrington_landlord_fined_for_state_of_empty_home/

Hyndburn landlords fail in High Court bid (From Blackburn Citizen)
17 Feb 2011... in selected areas of Accrington and Church to be ...
www.blackburncitizen.co.uk/.../8860531.Hyndburn_landlords_fail_in_High_Court_bid/ - Cached


Landlords launch legal challenges over HMO licensing | Property118.com
Landlords in Accrington, Lancashire and Margate, Kent, are preparing cases for judicial review in the High Court to force their local councils to rethink ...
www.property118.com/.../landlords-launch-legal-challenges-over-hmo-licensing/
Landlords take councils to court in HMO disputes | UK Landlord News
12 May 2011 ... Hundreds of landlords in Accrington, Lancashire, and Margate, ... City Council to court in another disagreement over planning for HMOs. ...
www.uklandlordnews.co.uk/landlords-take-councils-to-court-in-hmo-disputes/

Housing: HMO landlords win application for Judicial Review
24 May 2011 ... Legal 4 Landlords News reported that last week 350 landlords in the Accrington area won the right to be heard in High Court over licensing ...
theehp.com/.../housing-hmo-landlords-win-application-for-judicial-review/

Landlords win judicial review of selective licensing - Letting ...12 May 2011 ... Their application in the High Court was made under Part 3 of the Housing Act. They ... in Accrington, Lancashire, had not consulted properly. ... part or all of its district for selective licensing, landlords with ...
www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/.../Landlords-win-judicial-review-of-selective-licensing -

Landlords consortium win first round of battle against licensing ...
17 May 2011... District Council in Accrington, Lancashire, had not consulted properly. ... The Housing Act makes provision for selective licensing of private rented ... Landlord to pay court £30000 after renting out dangerous home ...
www.landlordtoday.co.uk/.../Landlords-consortium-win-first-round-of-battle-against-licensing

Hyndburn landlords' High Court bid fails - Manchester Area, NWE ...
A group of Hyndburn landlords has failed in its High Court battle to quash the council's ... the landlords' attempt to challenge the legality of the licensing scheme. ... houses in certain areas of Accrington and Church to be licensed, .
fwix.com/manchester/.../hyndburn_landlords_high_court_bid_fails
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Graham Jones MP - 17 visits - 29 Apr
25 May 2011 ... Council loses court case over Landlord Licensing ... I am proud to have led this campaign for the people of East Accrington and elsewhere. ...
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