Have your say on licensing of private rented properties in Brent
A borough-wide consultation on landlord licensing for privately rented properties in Brent was launched on 10 June 2019.
The online consultation is open for everyone to have their say on landlord licensing in the borough.
Brent Council currently operate mandatory HMO, additional and two selective licensing schemes.
People are being asked whether they are in favour of renewing the selective licensing scheme in Harlesden, Willesden and Wembley Central for a further five years. Within these areas, all private rented properties need to be licensed, although the scheme ends on 31 December 2019.
People are also being asked about plans to renew the additional licensing scheme that applies borough wide to all houses in multiple occupation occupied by three or more people. This scheme also ends on 31 December 2019.
Thirdly, people are being asked if they support extending the selective licensing scheme to other wards in Brent. The ten extra wards being considered for selective licensing are: Queensbury, Fryent, Brondesbury Park, Barnhill, Welsh Harp, Northwick Park, Preston, Tokyngton (excluding Wembley Park), Alperton and Sudbury.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, Brent Council, said:
“A third of people in Brent rent in the private sector; whilst most landlords provide safe and decent homes, sadly that isn’t always the case.
“Licensing has helped keep renters safe. Since we introduced landlord licensing in 2015, we’ve driven up housing standards, reduced overcrowding and tackled anti-social behaviour. Where landlords have fallen short, we have been relentless in taking action and will not hesitate to throw the full-force of the law at rogue landlords“.
The property licensing consultation is open from 10 June to 25 August 2019 and you can find out more and have your say on the council’s website.
A free guide containing more detailed information about property licensing schemes in the London Borough of Brent is available here.
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