Selective licensing consultation underway in Haringey

Thursday, June 24th, 2021 - Haringey Council

Haringey Council have launched a public consultation on plans for a new selective landlord licensing scheme.

Since 27 May 2019, the council has operated a borough wide additional licensing scheme covering all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) that were not already licensable under the mandatory HMO licensing scheme. That scheme continues until 26 May 2024.

Proposed selective licensing scheme

Haringey Council are now consulting on a selective licensing scheme that would cover all other private rented properties in 14 council wards.

The proposed scheme would cover the council wards of Bounds Green, Bruce Grove, Harringay, Hornsey, Noel Park, Northumberland Park, Seven Sisters, St Anns, Stroud Green, Tottenham Hale, Tottenham Green, West Green, White Hart Lane and Woodside.

Within these council wards, all properties occupied by a single household or two unrelated sharers would also need to be licensed.

Selective licensing fee

Haringey Council are proposing an application fee of £600 per property, with a £250 discount for landlords who apply before the designation comes into force.

The council are also proposing a £50 discount for accredited landlords.

The proposed fees are slightly below average when compared to other London boroughs. According to research by London Property Licensing (Aug 2020 to June 2021), the average selective licensing fee in London is currently around £640.

Cllr John Bevan, Cabinet Member for Planning, Licensing and Housing Services said:

We are an inclusive council and continually strive to put community first and work for the best possible outcomes and this is why we a proposing change that will make a difference to people’s everyday lives.

Haringey has always worked closely in partnership with landlords and this proposed licensing scheme will provide a much-needed framework to enable us to ensure our high standards of accommodation requirements are applied and met across the privately rented sector in the borough.

Take part in the consultation

You can find out more information and take part in the consultation on the council’s website. The consultation is taking place from 17 May to 8 August 2021. There are also online workshops taking place on 5 July, 16 July and 21 July and you can sign up for one of those when you visit the council’s website.

A free guide containing more detailed information about property licensing and HMO planning rules in the London Borough of Haringey is available here.

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