NLA launches social media campaign on Selective Licensing
The National Landlords Association (NLA) has recently launched a social media campaign against the introduction of Selective Licensing in certain parts of England.
More and more councils are bringing forward Selective Licensing schemes where there is little substantial evidence to justify them. Working closely with its local members, the NLA is campaigning tirelessly to stop the introduction of Selective Licensing and help landlords and tenants who would be directly affected by proposing more constructive alternative approaches.
The NLA believes that Selective Licensing will not solve the problem of poor housing standards, anti-social behaviour or low housing demand and is concerned that the legislation will merely serve to license the good, law-abiding landlords and push the criminal landlords further underground; it is unlikely that a criminal landlord would apply for a license.
Carolyn Uphill, Chairman of the NLA says:
“Selective licensing is a powerful tool at the disposal of local authorities, but it is only one of many available and should only be used when appropriate. Licensing is expensive and has the potential to have a disproportionate impact on the compliant majority who are not at fault while allowing the criminal minority to continue beneath the radar.
“Councils already have a vast array of existing powers available to them to deal with criminals and we believe that targeted intelligence-led enforcement against rogue operators is a better solution.
“We want to encourage co-operation between councils and landlords, and believe accreditation is a better way to encourage this, and give tenants confidence in their landlord. The NLA has released a Tenant Information Pack, which we would be happy to co-badge with any council wanting to help promote best practice and to ensure both landlords and tenants know their obligations.”
Already, the NLA has seen better working relationships emerge in Milton Keynes, Sheffield and Gravesend to name a few, where councils are liaising with landlords to improve the PRS.
To support the campaign or to stay up-to-date on all the latest information follow the NLA on Twitter (@nationalandlord) and like on Facebook (National Landlords Association NLA) along with using the hash tag #NLALicensing.
For further information, please contact:
PR Executive, NLA
0207 840 8906
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is the UK’s leading organisation for private-residential landlords. It works with 44,000 landlords, of which 23,000 are paying members, ranging from full-time landlords with large property portfolios to those with just a single letting. NLA membership helps landlords make a success of their lettings business by providing a wide range of information, advice and services. The NLA campaigns for the legitimate interests of landlords by seeking to influence decision-makers at all levels of government and by making landlords’ collective voice heard in the media. It seeks to raise standards in the private-rented sector while aiming to ensure that landlords are aware of their statutory rights and responsibilities. Based at its head office in Central London, the NLA currently employs over 40 full-time staff and has a network of more than 50 regional representatives and branches throughout the UK.