The licence is not about the property its about the landlord as a manager hence there is no property inspection.
There are already legal protections to tenants about the standard of the property, there is no real need for this scheme.
What I believe the thoughts may be are that sorting out a rogue landlords through the traditional legal routes are long and costly, this scheme bypasses that by it being easier to show he is in default of the licence conditions.
This is similar to the decriminalisation of parking, whilst you can still be done for obstruction etc by the police, it is far easier and cheaper for the council to have a simpler process.
However, I don't think this entirely works in the tenants favour, sometimes people are in the position that they need lower costs and accepting a sub-standard property at lower rent is a means to achieve this. The new scheme prohibits this although as pointed out it can still continue unofficially.
Furthermore the costs to the landlord of this scheme are bound to be passed onto tenants.
Of course there are also the two twin traditional problems, you give trouble to your landlord and your tenancy is under threat and in the extreme if the council close a property down (or effectively force the landlord to close it down), you get kicked out. Many people are not in the position to risk getting kicked out.
Last edited by diggingdeeper; 25th Jan 2018 6:19pm.