Great Yarmouth Selective Licensing - Oh no we didn't - Oh yes you did! A sorry tale of woe.

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Caro S
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Upon the RLA informing Great Yarmouth BC that their plans to make it compulsory for landlords within the proposed area of Nelson Ward Great Yarmouth to join a ‘landlord support service’ run by a third-party delivery partner are unlawful and their intention if this is the case to take this to a judicial review, the Council are now saying they did no such thing and the poor befuddled Landlords of Great Yarmouth have misunderstood. It was all a misunderstanding!

The Council make much that the National Landlords Association supports them. Nothing to do with the fact that the Director of the delivery partner was an NLA rep for 10 years until this year. This was not mentioned at meetings. Nothing dodgy there. No sir!

Landlords are confused as it is stated in an email that Landlords had to go through the Delivery Partner.

"The Council proposes to encourage landlords to join a ‘Landlord Support Service’, operated by a Delivery Partner within the Proposed Selective Licensing Scheme, before the Council can issue a Selective Licence. This is because the Council believes that this ensures the best value, service, consistency and avoids the confusion for all parties of having a second parallel licensing system, where the Council was paid for all the administration work, but without any of the landlord benefits for example. When working with a Delivery Partner, the Council is still the Licensing Authority, which issues landlords with their licence to rent out their properties legally." (Proposal to make a SL designation report)

Additionally:

"Upon designation, landlords must apply for a licence and join the Landlord Support Service via the Delivery Partner’s website. Great Yarmouth Borough Council is still the Licensing Authority, which issues landlords with their licence to rent out their properties legally. Landlords can either pay a much reduced licence fee and a monthly membership subscription to the Delivery Partner, or a combined reduced licence fee and lump sum membership fee for the entire term, where the overall the costs will be less (see Chapter 2.7 and Appendix B). As part of their application to join they will need to submit the certificates required for a licence. It will be confirmed to Great Yarmouth Borough Council if acceptable, whereby we will issue the licence at a discounted rate as our time taken to process is less when done this way." (Stakeholder Consultation Report)

So three separate documents and numerous meetings but it's all a misunderstanding. Only after the RLA have got involved. Funny that!

Well, it's halfway through November now. A bit early for Panto season I would have thought. Weeks before implementation and Great Yarmouth BC have not stated their terms and conditions or maybe the ink is not yet dry? There have certainly not been any terms and conditions shared for contracting directly to GYBC. Maybe another consultation is needed as the scope of supply has changed to what the Councillors voted on?

So is it a case of oh no they didn't or oh yes they did?

07/11/2018 14:19

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