Licensing scheme for Blackburn landlords labelled 'money making' exercise
CONCERNS have been raised over a licensing scheme for landlords in Blackburn.
Two have said that the scheme was a ‘money making’ exercise that would not solve problems of anti-social behaviour or poor housing as intended.
Councillors came together to defend the scheme which was introduced into the Infirmary area of Ewood and central Darwen in 2006 to give the council greater powers to address unscrupulous landlords who failed to provide suitable housing and anti-social behaviour of certain tenants.
So far 641 properties have been licensed in the town but more have identified during inspections.
Habib Adam contacted the council to complain about having to pay a £500 licensing fee for his Infirmary-based property in Swan Street.
He was concerned that gas safety certificates would not be checked on an annual basis.
To date a total of 433 inspections have taken place.
Mr Adam, 43, said: “I can’t understand how the scheme will decrease anti-social behaviour or guarantee that the landlord is undertaking regular gas checks because many landlords I have talked to say that they do not inspect on a regular basis.
“If they were regularly checking properties then the fee would be a bit more justifiable but as it is I think making each landlord pay the full £500 is just a way to make the council money.”
Mr Healey, who sold the property to Mr Adam in 2012 said: “I think it’s just a money making scheme.”
Maureen Bateson, councillor for Ewood said: “The scheme is working. We have taken action against unscrupulous landlords and tenants through inspections.”
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