Council looks to implement PRS landlord licensing scheme

Tackling criminal landlords and cracking down on anti-social behaviour are at the heart of new council proposals to license private rented properties.

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Haringey looks set to follow in the footsteps of Newham and implement a landlord licensing scheme in the borough.

Residents are being invited to give their views on plans to roll out two licensing schemes:

  • A Haringey-wide licensing scheme covering all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and
  • A targeted scheme for all privately rented homes in parts of the borough with the biggest problems.

Under the proposals, landlords covered by the schemes would be required to keep their properties safe and well maintained and deal with any problems associated with their tenants such as fly-tipping, untidy gardens and other anti-social behaviour. If landlords fail to meet the standards set out in their licence then the council can take enforcement action. 

There will be public drop-in sessions in January and February and people will be able to respond to an online questionnaire.

The number of private rented properties in the borough is estimated to be around 35,5000 with up to half of these HMOs.

Private rented properties make up around a third of all housing in Haringey – much higher than the national average of 19%.

The number of these properties increased by over 45% between 2001 and 2011 and is estimated to have grown further still since then.

Cllr Peray Ahmet, Haringey Council cabinet member for the environment, said: “Demand for housing in the borough is at an all-time high and we want to ensure all residents, regardless of income, live in decent and secure homes.

“We know many private tenants live in sub-standard, damp and overcrowded properties and we also receive complaints about dumped rubbish, loud noise and other anti-social behaviour carried out in private rented properties that are not properly managed.

“Our proposals aim to drive up standards among landlords, improve housing conditions for tenants and make our communities better and safer places for everyone.”

The plans would see private sector landlords pay a licensing fee for each property they rent out. The fees will cover the cost of the scheme and allow the council to employ staff to check the condition of private rented properties in the borough.

The consultation starts on Monday 11 December and will run until Monday 5 March 2018. The council want to hear the views of landlords and private tenants in the borough. 

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