Council seeks views on licensing scheme from Camden landlords, agents and tenants
Camden Council have been operating their borough-wide additional HMO licensing scheme since 8 December 2015 and the scheme runs for 5 years until December 2020.
The council say that their additional HMO licensing scheme is intended to help them tackle poor management, poor housing conditions and overcrowding in HMOs by providing additional powers to regulate them.
Under s60(3) of the Housing Act 2004, councils are required to review the operation of any additional schemes they have implemented. As they are now half way through the life of the additional licensing scheme, they have decided to carry out a review.
According to the council, the purpose of the review is to evaluate how effective the scheme has been to date, what lessons have been learnt and what can be improved.
As part of the review, they want to consult with as many Camden landlords, letting agents (operating in Camden) and private tenants living in the borough as possible. The council’s survey is open until 31 October 2018 (Note – survey extended until 19 November 2018).
Subject to the outcome of the review, the council say they might decide to extend the scheme for a further 5 years, although any such proposal would to subject to public consultation.
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