Hundreds gather to show anger at landlord licencing scheme
Published by Sarah Ashcroft
Approximately 200 people attended a meeting in Peterborough on October 30th to voice their disapproval at a scheme designed to force landlords to apply for a licence.
Peterborough City Council has launched a plan that would see property owners have to pay as much as £900 for a licence before they are allowed to rent out their home to a tenant, reports the Peterborough Telegraph.
The local authority held a meeting at Gladstone Park Community Recreation Centre to gauge the public's opinion on the issue, which was subsequently found to be largely negative.
According to the council, introducing a licence would help to improve living standards for tenants and remove rogue landlords from the market. However, the substantial cost of a licence has been met with anger by many people.
Abdul Choudhuri from Longthorpe, who rents out three properties in Lincoln Road, said it is unfair to make law-abiding landlords fund a scheme to help rid the sector of the few who do not play by the rules.
"Why penalise 99 per cent of the other decent people? It's an added tax against these people. We are totally, totally against this licensing," he explained.
Councillor Mohammed Jamil said he fears the current consultation period is actually irrelevant, as bosses have decided to bring the scheme in regardless. He suggested the result of the matter could already be a "foregone conclusion".
A council official was on hand at the meeting to assure the people who attended that no decision has yet been made.
"This is an opening for debate. If you have other views and solutions, now is your chance to put that down," she stated.
A number of other consultation events have already been scheduled and they will aim to further work out how members of the public and existing landlords feel about the proposal. They are set to take place around Peterborough over the coming days.
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Published on: November 6, 2013
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