petition to stop lincoln city council refusing to declare bond fit for accreditation and reviewing bonds trusted landlord status
At the start of November 2020 The City of Lincoln Council refused to re-declare Bond Housing Group as Fit For Accreditation (FFA), meaning that the full renewal of our membership of DASH (the local accreditation scheme) was refused, and presently may only be agreed by DASH on a one year basis. The council have only refused to re-declare Bond as FFA because we have exercised our legal right to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal against a decision by the council that two studios at 144 West Parade (links- Studio 2 and Studio 5) are not reasonably suitable for occupation in their current configuration. We have two expert reports confirming that both of the studios are reasonably suitable for occupation, and our appeal is on this basis, and the fact that the council's own adopted standards for HMOs are not legally enforceable. We are advised that we will win the appeal.
On 6 November 2020 The City of Lincoln Council wrote to us to tell us that separately from the above, our membership of the Lincoln City Council Trusted Landlord Scheme was now also under review. The reason given to us for this extraordinary decision was because we had contacted the press about failings in the council's own licensing and trusted landlord functions, by informing the press that the council were issuing licenses for properties owned by other landlords which were dangerous, and were continuing to offer membership of the Trusted Landlord Scheme to such landlords. We contacted the press in September 2020 after the council took no action since we informed them in April 2020. The Lincolnite declined to publish our findings after contact from the council. The council's communications manager asked for an article on Property 118 to be removed, but when asked to demonstrate that any of the content was inaccurate, he could not do so.
Please sign the petition below so that we can demonstrate that our tenants and professional colleagues all believe that we should be DASH Accredited and a Trusted Landlord in Lincoln.
The council is making a final decision on our Trusted Landlord Status on or before 31 December 2020.
The letter from the council can be read HERE
The Trusted Landlord Scheme booklet is HERE
The press article is here: Property 118 Licensed Death Traps
The Petition is in an i-frame below OR on some devices you may need to click HERE