Landlords are told to get a valid licence

Roger Cox

Roger Cox

First published in News

Landlords have been warned that If they do not have a valid licence for their property, they could be prosecuted and fined thousands of pounds.

Houses in Multiple Occupation – if more than three separate tenants are living there – require a licence from their district council.

Cabinet member for health and housing at Vale of White Horse District Council, Roger Cox, said: “Unlicensed, unmaintained properties are hazardous.

“I would urge all landlords to be sure that they obtain the proper licence and keep both themselves and their tenants safe.”

Oxford City Council have opened a consultation on proposed changes to the Houses in Multiple Occupation licensing fees and prosecution until 14 March. Go to consultation.oxford.gov.uk for more information.

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12:38am Fri 21 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

Difficult one, when allegedly City Council itself might be placing people in privately owned property across the City at high cost to tax payers, due to woeful lack of single-person and one-bed flats in Oxford, due to massive pressure from academic institutions like Brookes University for ever-more growing student numbers flooding the City, and forcing people into shabby, poorly controlled accommodation. While the efforts of Oxford City Council to try and bring regulation into the rental accommodation sector is to be applauded, this should not be watered-down to appease greedy private landlords, in the run-up to local elections in May, and the General Election in 2015, when Oxford's controlling Labour Group will be seeking to maintain its Vote - especially in East Oxford, where Labour has its Sitting MP Andrew Smith. Oxford Labour's fear must be the possibility of property developers and landlords voting Tory or even LibDem, as the Coalition Government continues to pull the Country out of the financial and economic mess left by Gordon Brown and 13 years of Labour administration.
Difficult one, when allegedly City Council itself might be placing people in privately owned property across the City at high cost to tax payers, due to woeful lack of single-person and one-bed flats in Oxford, due to massive pressure from academic institutions like Brookes University for ever-more growing student numbers flooding the City, and forcing people into shabby, poorly controlled accommodation. While the efforts of Oxford City Council to try and bring regulation into the rental accommodation sector is to be applauded, this should not be watered-down to appease greedy private landlords, in the run-up to local elections in May, and the General Election in 2015, when Oxford's controlling Labour Group will be seeking to maintain its Vote - especially in East Oxford, where Labour has its Sitting MP Andrew Smith. Oxford Labour's fear must be the possibility of property developers and landlords voting Tory or even LibDem, as the Coalition Government continues to pull the Country out of the financial and economic mess left by Gordon Brown and 13 years of Labour administration. Myron Blatz
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8:45am Fri 21 Feb 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

There should be a "brass-plate" outside every rental propery with details of the licence, maximum number of residents, the property owner and a 01/02/03 direct contact number for them or their agent.
There should be a "brass-plate" outside every rental propery with details of the licence, maximum number of residents, the property owner and a 01/02/03 direct contact number for them or their agent. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -1

5:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

Verbosity + stupidity = 2 poor comments.
Verbosity + stupidity = 2 poor comments. Milkbutnosugarplease
  • Score: -1

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