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    It seems Labour are looking for ways of charging those who decide to take on lodgers under the guise of tackling 'bad landlords'. If they have their way you will not be free to rent out your property unless you pay £40 to be registered by the state on a new database. No registration and you cannot let out rooms. Of course HMRC will have the automatic right to access such a database 'just in case' you are not reporting your full income.

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    (Original post by ploder)
    It seems Labour are looking for ways of charging those who decide to take on lodgers under the guise of tackling 'bad landlords'. If they have their way you will not be free to rent out your property unless you pay £40 to be registered by the state on a new database. No registration and you cannot let out rooms. Of course HMRC will have the automatic right to access such a database 'just in case' you are not reporting your full income.

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    I have no problem with all landlords being registered with their local councils.

    There is a big difference between renting out a room in a property that you live in, and letting out a property that you own but do not inhabit. For the latter, tenants have far greater rights. It will be interesting to see what line the Government takes on those renting out rooms.

    The register, which will include the names and addresses of landlords, and all their properties, will allow councils to intervene where tenants complain, and ban landlords from letting property if they fail to address problems.


    No problems here in principle, though I imagine banning would be a last resort.

    Another significant driver may well be climate change - landlords have no incentive to upgrade properties beyond the bare minimum if they have a regular turnover of tenants. In rental hotspots this is particularly true.

    With Energy Performance Certificates, a next step is having a mandatory minimum level of energy efficiency for a property before it can be rented out. Having all details of landlords on a local authority's register, it makes the job of enforcing those minimum standards that much easier. Councils simply need to say "show us your EPCs" when they come to register/re-register.
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    Seeing this policy as "surveillance" or in privacy terms is very much http://www.chrisrue.com/funcave/graphics/ostrich.jpg

    This legislation really is sorely needed. Many private landlords treat some of the most vulnerable people in society shockingly. This scheme will provide a very basic level of recourse for people. Requiring landlords to make sure that properties meet a basic standard is important. It is also very important for lodgers to be able to have recourse to the council if their deposit gets witheld without cause or if they are subject to intimidation. At the moment it is extremely difficult for tenants to do anything about that kind of thing. This is why I'm with homeless charities like Shelter who think that this doesn't go far enough. This reform has been driven by social considerations, not so much by economic ones.

    Moreover, I its perfectly reasonable that income from lodgers is taken into account for tax purposes. You couldn't get over £4,000 tax free from anywhere else. Of course HMRC should be able to find out your income. To imply that there is a privacy problem here applies equally to tax generally.
 
 
 
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