A new property licensing scheme has been introduced by Redbridge Council in order to crack down on rogue landlords – and no doubt boost council coffers.
The council launched its private property licensing scheme at an event held at City Gates Church in Clements Road, Ilford, which was attended by various officials, including Cllr Farah Hussain, cabinet member for housing, and council leader Cllr Jas Athwal.
During the event, Hussain and Athwal presented some of the scheme’s first landlords with their licences.
The fact that it is now compulsory for all private property landlords across Redbridge to register with the council will improve standards of privately rented homes across the borough, according to the council.
The scheme requires landlords to hold a separate licence for each property they rent out in the borough, and means landlords will be prosecuted if they fail to adhere to certain licence conditions, including anti-social behaviour from tenants and unclean or overcrowded properties.
Cllr Farah said: “We are improving standards in Redbridge’s private rented properties by working with landlords through our property licensing schemes and will use all the powers available to us to bring criminal landlords into compliance.
“A recent prosecution taken by our Housing Standards team resulted in a landlord facing a fine of almost £17,000 for not complying with the law in Redbridge and renting out a dangerous property of poor standards putting tenants lives at risk.
“This case proves the necessity of our commitment to ensuring private tenants in our Borough have safe, quality accommodation.
“In these types of cases the landlords are not only taking advantage financially but also placing tenants’ lives in danger, and we won’t stand for this.”
The licence application fee is £500, but reduced to £250 if applied for before 13 September.
To find out more and to apply for your licence, click here.