LETTER: I support the landlord register is a good idea

As a socialist, I would like to comment on the proposed register by Fenland District Council (FDC) of private landlords in the Wisbech area.

Fenland District Council are proposing to charge private landlords £575 per property for a five-year licence as part of plans to ensure ‘fit and proper persons’ are renting out properties.

I support FDC’s proposed register. Such a register would ensure that all private landlords inform HMRC of their rental income and pay the right amount of a tax due.

The register should be expanded to cover all private landlords with properties in the Fenland area and be linked to the re-introduction of rent controls and rent control officers.

JOHN SMITHEE


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