Sunday, April 02, 2006
Get Your Property Licence or We'll 'Get' You Says Government
Is it any wonder that people don't want to rent out their properties any more? In Germany it is more common to rent a house than to buy one, yet here it's very different. Travelling up to London yesterday I was listening to Magic FM for about an hour. During that hour they played a Government advert about the need for landlords to get a new property licence. It was the sort of threatening advert that this government seem to love. "Get your licence or we'll get you" was the message. Charming. It had the subliminal effect of painting all landlords as racketeers who weren't to be trusted. Quite why they should need a licence in order to rent out property is quite beyond me. The Nanny State in action. What I'd like to know is how much this ridiculous advertising campaign is costing the taxpayer? The advert was played at least 6 times during the hour I was listening, and it's reasonable to assume that it is being played on many other radio stations throughout the country. If any MP reading this would like to put down a written question, I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one interested in the answer.