Private landlords in Brent must be licenced or face £20k fine
PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 January 2015
Private landlords operating in Brent must be licenced or face fines of up to £20,000 following the introduction of a new scheme on New Years Day.
Under the new measures, which aim to crackdown on rough landlords, the owner of any privately-rented property in the borough must pay £340 for a five-year licence.
A licence is required for each individually owned property.
There is an estimated 20,000 licensable properties in Brent and the scheme includes checks on whether landlords have criminal convictions, that they maintain their rented properties to minimum standards and there is a complaints procedure for tenants.
It also aims to deal with high levels of anti-social behaviour linked to private rented properties in some areas.
Any landlords caught out without a licence will pay an extra £300 levy on top of the fee and could also be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000.
Cllr Margaret McLennan, Brent Council’s lead member for housing, said: “Licensing private sector landlords will help drive up standards in the private sector and is part of our aim to create more good, affordable housing for local people and a thriving economy.
“We want to work with good landlords and drive out the minority of bad landlords.
“Reputable landlords will benefit from the changes as having a license will show tenants and prospective tenants that their properties are of a good standard.”
Roger Harding, from housing charity Shelter, welcomed the scheme.
He said: “We hear from people every day who say their health has been affected by rogue landlords failing to carry out repairs, and yet we found that one in nine renters in London have avoided asking their landlord to improve conditions for fear of being evicted.
“No family should have to live in a home where their health and well-being is at risk so it’s good to see Brent is working towards a better private rental market for its residents.”
For more information visit brent.gov.uk/PRSlicensing.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Brent & Kilburn Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.