Landlords all over the country have been advised to find out whether any licensing fees they may have paid are actually due to be refunded.
The National Landlords Association (NLA) explained that it's urging everyone who rents out a property in the UK to get in touch with their local council in order to enquire about starting their refund application.
It noted that court judgements last year ruled that local licensing fees should be determined in a certain way and that some local authorities may have been in breach of the rules when charging landlords a fee to be licensed in some areas.
Some three cases were focused on in order to illustrate how landlords could be unfairly charged for the right to rent out rooms and homes.
The good news is that the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council has recently become the latest local authority in the UK to start handing out refunds to landlords that it has taken licensing fees from.
It follows in the footsteps of Dover District Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council, all of which have begun the process of paying out in cases in which landlords should not have been made to pay.
Richard Lambert, chief executive officer at the NLA, said that the news from Bradford is undoubtedly a step in the right direction and one that should now be made by many more councils.
"The NLA exists to promote and support a fair and equitable private-rented sector. Central to this is ensuring a balanced relationship with the council and community, so that landlords consider that they are treated in an even handed manner in respect of their responsibilities and costs," he stated.
Mr Lambert went on to explain that it's now a priority for the NLA to build up an accurate picture of exactly what costs are incurred by councils when they impose a licensing scheme.
Published on: January 13, 2014