Labour's New Tenant Tax
07/10/2014 17:28:00......Posted by Michael Neal
Based on the local election results, some constituents of Croham are now realising that having a Labour Council means change they did not vote for;
• The first back land planning application in Elmfield Way granted by Labour
• The Implementation of twenty mile an hour zones
We have yet to determine whether the Labour council will have a full consultation with all individual residents in the road. So if you’re living in the middle of a Zone and you object, then it appears this Labour Council will ignore you and your road.
Please sign-up to our petition online “roads not zones” to ensure the Labour Council is listening to your views.
Controversially, this Labour Council is now consulting on a tenant tax for private landlords across the borough. The Council suggests £1,000 charge per property over five years. This is the highest charge in London if not the UK and will severely impact the landlords in Croham and across the borough
As businesses; they will surely pass the costs onto their tenants inflicting higher charges in an already competitive market particularly to the most vulnerable in our community
At the recent National Landlord Association meeting in Croydon, landlords were quite rightly suggesting that this scheme was unjust and disproportionate.
At that meeting, no councillor representative from the Labour group attended to answer questions about the scheme which has widespread opposition.
The Labour administration is trying to link anti-social behaviour with the private rented sector. There is very little data to suggest this is possible. Landlords cannot patrol their homes to ensure tenants are behaving correctly.
Admittedly, there are a few rogue landlords. The question is, “Will those landlords put themselves forward for this licence scheme?” The answer is most definitely no. So why do the majority of decent landlords have to pay for a small minority who flout the law?
The Council does have the legal power to challenge rogue landlords, I have personally been involved in assisting tenants secure their right to live in a decent home. Credit must go to those tenants who are willing to report poor standards.
To be fair to landlords there are also tenants who do not care about the property or their surroundings and there have been cases were tenants have left properties in total disrepair and the landlord sometimes has no choice but to take legal action to recover costs.
Cllr Dudley Mead has already suggested that this scheme will drive out landlords who may be thinking about expanding their portfolio.
The private rented sector is very important for those who wish to come and live and work in Croydon and to the council in terms of re housing some of our most vulnerable families.. Over the coming years as the population increases in Croydon and across London, the private rented sector will need to grow to ensure we have enough homes.
How can it be justified that this council will raise over £4 million on this scheme over the next few years? This is a stealth tax and should be abolished>