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Government approves new selective licensing schemes

Plans to introduce new licensing schemes for privately rented homes across parts of North West London have been given the go-ahead by the Secretary State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).

All private landlords who have properties in Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queen's Park electoral wards will be required to have a property licence for each privately rented property from 1 June 2018, after the government approved the proposal to extend selective licensing in the five Brent wards.

The government’s approval to Brent Council's selective licensing application adds to the existing approved areas of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden to extend the law to eight wards across Brent.

Cllr Harbi Farah, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “This is great news for thousands more of Brent residents. Brent Council is driving up housing standards in the private rented sector and cracking down on rogue landlords. We are hoping that the government will agree to extend selective licensing across more wards in the near future."

Brent Council has won 125 prosecution cases against rogue landlords, agents and subletters since 2016. 

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    licensing will be coming to all of us at some time, i don't altogether object it should rid us of the rogue element who get us all a bad name, however there will be cost involved which no doubt will be high, another excuse to tax the landlord, so up with rents again to cover these costs, the government aren't doing tenants any favours at the end of the day are they?

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