Northampton landlords sound rent increase warning

Published by Sarah Ashcroft

Landlords in Northampton fear they will be left with no choice but to increase the rental charges they impose on tenants, unless the local council performs a U-turn and decides not to impose a new licence fee on property owners.

The Northampton Chronicle & Echo has told how landlords in the town have revealed they believe they will have to pass on the fee to tenants if the authority decides to make it a reality. The council is currently mulling over the prospect of a charge for private property owners and will decide whether to launch a consultation period next Wednesday (March 20th).

Richard Dawson, who owns more than 30 rental properties in Northampton and the surrounding area, said there is no chance of local people benefiting from the move and tenants would not find their living conditions improve. In fact, the only factor they would notice would be a rise in their rent.

"It will inevitably increase costs for tenants as the landlords will have to pay an extra fee and they will then pass this on. It won't help tenants living under bad landlords as they will just stay under the radar of Northampton Borough Council," he explained.

Mr Dawson was speaking after councillor Mark Markham suggested the new fee could be used to drive up the quality of residential accommodation that is made available for rent.

Susan Dowding, a landlord with more than 20 years of experience, added her voice to the dissenting ranks, noting landlords who preside over poor standards should be hit with penalties and legislation, rather than simply charging everybody for the issue.

If rents do rise, many tenants could choose to move out, leaving landlords needing to find new occupiers and potentially requiring legal services when it comes to drawing up a new tenancy agreement.

It remains to be seen whether councillors will enforce the charge and potentially trigger a series of events that will cause rents in Northampton to rise.ADNFCR-1645-ID-801554984-ADNFCR

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Published on: March 12, 2013

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