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Brent moves closer to borough-wide landlord licensing regime

Most buy-to-let landlords could soon be required to licence their properties in the London borough of Brent if the government agrees rule changes put forward by the council.

Councillors in Brent have voted to extend the licensing of private rented properties and have agreed to seek confirmation from the government as soon as possible.

All landlords in the designated areas will be required to apply for a licence if housing minister Alok Sharmagives gives his approval. The government is expected to reach a decision by September this year.

Brent council has made these recommendations on the basis of reducing anti-social behaviour, deprivation and poor housing conditions in Brent, in the local area, according to Harbi Farah, Brent’s cabinet member for housing and welfare reform.

Farah 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.”

Currently only Houses in Multiple Occupation in Brent require a licence and this includes any property occupied by three or more people who are not all related, even if they are on a single tenancy, regardless of the number of storeys inside the property.

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