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Council branded irresponsible by lettings body for ignoring virus guidance

Coventry council has been branded as irresponsible by a leading trade body for allegedly ignoring government advice on licensing schemes during the Coronavirus crisis. 

The National Residential Lettings Agency says that despite guidance from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government - that the introduction of new, non-mandatory licensing schemes should be paused – the council went ahead with a new scheme starting earlier this week.

NRLA policy director Chris Norris says: “The guidelines are there to protect tenants and landlords from unnecessary contact.


“Where a licensing scheme is introduced, landlords have to go into their properties to check that they meet the licensing obligation and maybe need to carry out non-essential works. This exposes them and the tenants to an enhanced risk of contagion.



“Several local authorities have done the right thing and paused the introduction of new licensing schemes in response to the crisis including Luton and Newcastle and we are asking Coventry to do the same.

The association has written to the local authority asking them to defer the scheme.


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