The anonymous dad-of-four, who needs to pay £1,090 to register his home in Leicester with a new council scheme, said he is already subsidising for rocketing energy prices
A landlord says he will have to either hike his tenants’ rent or sell his property because he cannot afford the cost of a new council scheme.
The dad-of-four needs to pay a £1,090 fee to register his home with Leicester City Council ‘s landlord licensing programme.
Under the scheme, the authority plans to crack down on rogue landlords and improve living conditions for tenants in certain wards.
But the homeowner, who rents out to students, says he simply cannot afford to pay the sum after already subsidising for soaring energy costs.
He told Leicestershire Live : “I’m not one of your landlords with 50 million properties, I’m a simple family guy with children and it’s just a way to carry on with life.
“I do things properly and generally try not to increase rent because, if you’ve got a decent tenant, it’s worth more than an extra X amount per month.
“I bought the property not that long ago through the people who run Addict Dance Academy. They’re trying to help their students who find it difficult to find accommodation.
“Especially first-year students who have just left home and it’s quite full-on, you’ve not got your stabilisers of mum and dad around you.
Anytime there’s a problem, sometimes there’s a problem with the boiler or whatever, I jump on it immediately because of who they are.