Havering Property Licensing Consultation - 26 June to 20 September 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - Havering Council

Date: Wednesday 26 June to Friday 20 September

About: London Borough of Havering want to ensure that private rented properties offer residents a choice of safe, quality and well managed accommodation. The key priorities are to reduce anti-social behaviour from rental properties which is caused by poor management and improve housing standards.

London Borough of Havering acknowledges that the majority of landlords operate their businessess professionally and that the private rented sector provides housing options for local people. Nonetheless, as the number of rental properties continue to grow in Havering, the Council remains concerned about:

  • levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB),
  • overcrowding
  • some rented properties that fail to meet satisfactory levels of  property management and standards.

The introduction of a licensing scheme would allow the Council to focus action against landlords who ignore their responsibilities whilst providing a light touch regulation for compliant landlords. The proposals intend to help with:

  • increasing accountability and transparency of landlords and letting agents
  • reducing anti-social behaviour
  • improving conditions and safety for tenants
  • providing additional protections from eviction
  • provide information for both tenants and landlords on their rights and responsibilities
  • setting a minimum standard for the condition and amenities within the property

To achieve these objectives, the Council is proposing two property licensing schemes. These relate to different rented property use types.

Proposal One

Add to the existing HMO licensing scheme by introducing a further scheme to include the remaining 6 wards currently not covered: Cranham, Upminster, St Andrews, Emerson Park, Hacton and Hylands. This is also known as additional licensing and this term will be used throughout the consultation to refer to this proposal.

Proposal Two

To introduce licensing of properties rented to a single family or household or two unrelated people in Romford Town and Brooklands wards. This is known as selective licensing and this term will be used throughout the consultation to refer to this proposal.

Why We Are Consulting

The Council must consult before introducing a property licensing scheme. This is your opportunity to view and feedback on the proposals. The consultation will run for 12 weeks.

You can find out more and take part in the consultation on the council's website.

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