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Brent Council plans to extend property licensing in the borough

PUBLISHED: 11:34 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:34 29 June 2017

Aerial view of Harlesden  (Picture: Brent Council)

Aerial view of Harlesden (Picture: Brent Council)

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Landlords could soon be required to apply for a licence for their properties in designated wards and could face criminal prosecution and unlimited fines if they fail to do so.

Brent Council voted to commit to extending the licensing of private rented properties in the borough at a cabinet meeting on June 19.

Cllr Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said recommendations were made to reduce anti-social behaviour, deprivation and poor housing conditions in the borough.

He said: “We have evidence to prove that when a landlord is required to meet the stipulations of a licence, we increase the likelihood of tenants enjoying a better standard of living and reduce anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood.”

If the rule changes are approved by the government, the extension could be in force by January next year.

A government decision is expected by September.

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