Have you heard about Telford & Wrekin Council’s plans to introduce a landlords licensing scheme in some areas of Telford?

I am backing a campaign by the Wrekin Landlords Association to scrap the planned £600 licence, which I think is unfair and would lead to higher rents in Telford.

The proposals are very worrying for all landlords, whether they own property in the affected areas of Telford or not.

It is yet another example of landlords being hit with extra costs at a time when they are already being targeted with higher stamp duty, the cutting of tax relief and the proposed ban on tenant fees.

It’s not unreasonable to assume that if these plans go ahead, other councils may do the same, so I would urge you to have your say even if you don’t own a property in Telford.

Telford & Wrekin Council says that the licence would apply in Hadley and Leegomery, Malinslee and Hollinswood, Brookside and Sutton Hill and Woodside. Landlords would need to pay over £600 for the licence, with the cost going towards improving the standard of rental property and the surrounding area.

Now I can understand the council’s desire to raise the standards of rental property, but this scheme is patently unfair to the hundreds of landlords who work hard to maintain their investments to a high standard already.

The obvious worry is that landlords will either increase rent to cover the cost, or sell their property which will add to the growing shortage of housing in the Telford area.

The official consultation is due to start in June 2017 following the General Election, with the licence potentially being introduced in November if the council agrees to push ahead with the plans.

To sign the petition, click here.

For more advice about how these proposals could affect you, give me a call on 01952 290163 or email me at d.clarke@nockdeighton.co.uk.

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