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Brent Council could extend landlord licensing scheme to the entire borough

PUBLISHED: 12:14 04 October 2016 | UPDATED: 14:19 04 October 2016

HMO landlords in three wards in Brent must be licensed

HMO landlords in three wards in Brent must be licensed

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Brent Council would like to hear from residents about their views on extending the landlord licensing scheme to the entire borough.

Rehan Sheikh illegally evicting the tenants from his unlicensed property at 90 Wembley Park Drive (Pic: Brent Council) Rehan Sheikh illegally evicting the tenants from his unlicensed property at 90 Wembley Park Drive (Pic: Brent Council)

All Homes of Multiple Occupancy (HMO) in the borough and privately rented accommodation in the wards of Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central must have a licence.

Properties are classed as being a HMO if it is rented out to three or more people with one of them not being related to the others.

The scheme aims to tackle poorly-managed privately rented properties which attracts anti-social behaviour (ASB), nuisance neighbours and fly-tipping.

Since it came into force in January last year there have been a catalogue of successful prosecutions where landlords who have failed to licence their property have been fined.

This includes Rehan Sheikh of Manor Drive, Wembley, who was given a jail sentence. He is currently on bail while he appeals his conviction.

For more details and to take part in the consultation visit here.

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