Ealing landlords offered expert advice on proposed new licensing scheme
The National Landlords Association (NLA) is inviting landlords in Ealing to a forum on Monday 21 March to discuss a new proposed property licensing scheme in the borough.
Landlord licensing can be introduced by councils as a means to improve the standard of private rented property in an area, but only if the area qualifies as having problems related to housing demand, anti-social behaviour and crime.
Ealing Council is currently consulting on an additional and selective licensing scheme (read here). If approved, private landlords in Ealing would have to obtain licences for each property that meet the licensing scheme criteria in the proposed areas.
An expert panel will discuss the proposed licensing scheme, and landlords will be invited to put forward any questions and concerns they may have. The panel will be chaired by Yvonne Baisden, NLA representative for Greater London, and will include:
- Richard Tacagni, Managing Director, London Property Licensing
- Ken Staunton, Head of Regions, NLA
- Mark Wiltshire, Head of Reg. Services & Community Safety, Ealing Council
- Roger Jarman, Consultant, Housing Quality Network (HQN)
- Robert Nichols, Managing Director, Portico
Yvonne Baisden, NLA representative for Greater London said:
“It’s important that local landlords are aware of any potential changes to the way they let property, particularly when it comes to property licensing.
“Meetings such as these provide an excellent resource to keep landlords informed and updated, as well as an opportunity to pose questions, discuss the implications of the scheme and to plan accordingly.“
The event is free to attend for all landlords (not just NLA members) and will take place at the Bridge Hotel, Western Ave, Greenford, UB6 8ST. Attendees are advised to arrive at 6.30pm. The event will run from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Those wanting to attend should book in advance via the NLA website: www.landlords.org.uk/events.