Redbridge HMO landlords can apply now to benefit from discounted licence application fees
A new additional landlord licensing scheme is being introduced by Redbridge Council on 13 April 2017.
The scheme which applies borough wide will extend licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) including house and flat shares occupied by three or more people who are not all related, even if they occupy the property on a single tenancy.
A five year licence costs £500 per property although there is a 50% discount during the early bird period for landlords who apply before 12 June 2017.
To coincide with the launch of the licensing scheme, a new online application system has been introduced.
Redbridge Council say they are introducing the additional licensing scheme to improve HMO standards and reduce anti-social behaviour associated with privately rented properties. The decision to implement the borough wide scheme was made at a Cabinet meeting on 9 June 2015 (read here).
Following a further Cabinet meeting decision on 13 December 2016 (read here), a selective licensing scheme covering all other private rented homes was due to start on 1 May but has been delayed until 13 July. Both schemes will remain in force for five years.
The council expect to license between 6,000 to 10,000 HMOs under the additional licensing scheme and a further 4,000 private rented homes under the selective licensing scheme.
For more information about the Redbridge licensing schemes visit www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk/redbridge. We also offer a licence application handling service to help ease the burden for landlords and letting agents.
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