The deadline for submitting additional and selective licence applications in Hackney has been extended until 1 March 2019.
The deadline for applications in the London area was originally set for Sunday 2nd December 2018, with enforcement action due to start yesterday for landlords and agents who had not yet applied.
But the council has decided to push back the deadline due to the large number of applications and enquiries received from landlords. The idea is to give applicants enough time to submit their applications and have any queries responded to.
Landlords who own property in Brownswood, Cazenove and Stoke Newington now have until 1 March 2019 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.
Reflecting on the new license back in October, Kim Wright, Hackney’s director for housing, commented: “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.”