Landlord licence scheme approved at heated meeting

Graham Roberts, landlord, spoke against the new scheme

Graham Roberts, landlord, spoke against the new scheme

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A tempestuous council meeting saw Enfield Borough Council committee members approve a new licensing scheme for private landlords.

The overview and scrutiny meeting was overshadowed by a heated debate surrounding plans to license landlords.

The committee voted in favour of the scheme which will require landlords to sign up for a license for £500 over five years or £250 if they sign up before April 2015.

Cutting down on the level of anti-social behaviour is highlighted as the main reason for the scheme and that came under a barrage of questions from landlords watching the meeting.

Councillor Terry Neville spoke against the scheme stating that the this will show people antisocial behaviour is prevalent in Enfield.

Cllr Ahmet Oykener defended the policy and believes that this is not going against good landlords and wants to work with good landlords to help dig out the rogues.

Things became increasingly heated when landlords had the chance to have their say and policy expert Constantinos Regas asked about the correlations levels of antisocial behaviour and landlords which would need to be acceptable to pass the scheme.

His question went unnoticed and chairman of the meeting Cllr Toby Simon shouted at Mr Regas to “sit down” when he pushed the committee to answer his question.

Points were also raised that not enough landlord consultation had been made.

The decision was passed and on leaving the room, disgruntled landlords threw planning papers in the air, crying “shame” and “disgrace” on their way out.

Plans to pursue legal action is believed to be the next step for landlord group ‘Stop Enfield’ who have fought against the scheme.

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11:30pm Wed 30 Apr 14

pacnet says...

I hope the members that pushed this through realise that this is going to cost them their seats/jobs and cost the council dearly in legal fees. StopEnfield is a very determined and well funded organisation, that seems well prepared for a very big fight indeed!
I hope the members that pushed this through realise that this is going to cost them their seats/jobs and cost the council dearly in legal fees. StopEnfield is a very determined and well funded organisation, that seems well prepared for a very big fight indeed! pacnet
  • Score: 1

12:51am Thu 1 May 14

ELocker says...

Having experienced the lack of interest some landlords have in their tenants and properties conditions in Enfield I think it's about time for this.
The fact landlords can afford to put so much money into StopEnfield yet not maintain their properties or evict unruly tenants I look forward to them loosing more money in the courts..........
Having experienced the lack of interest some landlords have in their tenants and properties conditions in Enfield I think it's about time for this. The fact landlords can afford to put so much money into StopEnfield yet not maintain their properties or evict unruly tenants I look forward to them loosing more money in the courts.......... ELocker
  • Score: 7

6:17am Thu 1 May 14

pacnet says...

An absurd comment from elocker, who would presumably have all motorists pay a speeding tax, based on the fact that some drivers speed.
An absurd comment from elocker, who would presumably have all motorists pay a speeding tax, based on the fact that some drivers speed. pacnet
  • Score: -7

10:18am Thu 1 May 14

pacnet says...

Enfield Council ; making people homeless since 2014....
Enfield Council ; making people homeless since 2014.... pacnet
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10:23am Thu 1 May 14

ELocker says...

"an absurd comment" except your whole argument consists of "we have money so we are right".

absurd would be not maintaining property for tenants or expecting the council to pay for evictions on nuisance tenants because landlords don't have the money (a regular argument in Enfield)
"an absurd comment" except your whole argument consists of "we have money so we are right". absurd would be not maintaining property for tenants or expecting the council to pay for evictions on nuisance tenants because landlords don't have the money (a regular argument in Enfield) ELocker
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10:35am Thu 1 May 14

pacnet says...

No, my argument consists of you stigmatising ALL landlords as bad ones, which quite clearly to any reasonable person is an "absurd" stigmatism to make. You have clearly had a bad experience with a landlord, like I once had a bad experience with an Irish man, doesn't mean they are all the same!
No, my argument consists of you stigmatising ALL landlords as bad ones, which quite clearly to any reasonable person is an "absurd" stigmatism to make. You have clearly had a bad experience with a landlord, like I once had a bad experience with an Irish man, doesn't mean they are all the same! pacnet
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10:56am Thu 1 May 14

pacnet says...

It's not a straight forward as a licence either, it also has loads of draconian measures written in, like a rewire in many cases (even where classed as safe), fines etc. Plus Estate agents will have to pay as well, so this will be passed on.. The only benefit will £34m a year to council coffers...
It's not a straight forward as a licence either, it also has loads of draconian measures written in, like a rewire in many cases (even where classed as safe), fines etc. Plus Estate agents will have to pay as well, so this will be passed on.. The only benefit will £34m a year to council coffers... pacnet
  • Score: 1

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