Landlords with property in Hackney, east London, should be aware that following a consultation earlier this year Hackney Council has now decided to roll out a licence scheme across three new areas.
Landlords who own property in Brownswood, Cazenove and Stoke Newington have been given until 3 December to acquire a license or potentially face a fixed penalty of up to £30,000, a prosecution with unlimited fine, or be forced to pay tenants back up to a year’s rent.
The approval of new powers to protect the borough’s growing number of private renters mean that more than 1,500 privately rented homes blighted by serious hazards or disrepair must now be brought up to scratch by landlords.
Landlords of Hackney’s 4,000 Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will also have to apply for a licence under the new arrangements approved by the council.
Kim Wright, Hackney’s director for housing, said: “Many of Hackney’s landlords provide a good, professional service, and we’re looking forward to working with them to create better conditions for renters.
“But these new measures – along with our expanded team – will tackle those who don’t treat renters fairly or keep their homes safe.”