There seems to me to be no cohesive industry standard being created, which surely is the whole point of licensing.
(PRWEB UK) 24 June 2014
As the debate about landlord licensing and accreditation rumbles on it seems like everyone has something to say. Whether it’s landlords condemning more red tape, (http://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/460-council-abandons-landlord-licensing-scheme) or local councils setting up their own accreditation schemes with their own rules (http://www.lettingagenttoday.co.uk/623-london-leads-more-councils-towards-accreditation) – the subject is certainly on everyone’s mind.
Creator of property inventory software InventoryBase, Steve Rad says: “As with any idea that involves more and more paperwork and bureaucracy I am dubious about the effect licensing and accreditation will have on the industry as a whole. What worries me the most is the grey area aspect – some councils have different rules in their accreditation schemes than others. There seems to me to be no cohesive industry standard being created, which surely is the whole point of licensing.”
He continues. “ For me the scheme has been designed to protect tenants and I’m yet to find a licensing or accreditation scheme the makes property inventories mandatory. I deal with tenant and landlord disputes and can‘t stress strongly enough how much a professional inventory saves everyone time, money and stress at the end of a tenancy. It is certainly the best way to protect every party in a dispute - so it should be paramount in any licensing or accreditation scheme.”
Licensing schemes have come about in recent years to protect the health and safety of tenants, help prevent anti-social behaviour and help identify rogue landlords. There is yet to be an over-arching consensus on what they should include. Some industry experts fear that the cost to the landlord will be passed on directly to the tenant forcing yet another sharp rise in rents.
Others feel that it’s about time that something was done to protect tenants as more and more people are investing in buy to let properties and becoming first time landlords.
Notes to editors.
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