Private landlords in Enfield may soon have to obtain new licences after the local council launched a consultation aimed at gaining approval for the introduction of additional and selective licensing schemes in the local area.
Selective licensing would apply to all privately rented properties that are occupied by one household – whether single persons or couples, or one family – within fourteen wards in Enfield.
Additional licensing expands a mandatory government scheme to cover a wider range of HMO, including properties that are converted into separate bedsits.
The licensing schemes, designed to cover most of the borough’s privately rented homes, would require landlords to meet certain conditions set out by the council, such as carrying out safety checks and ensuring properties are not overcrowded or in substandard condition.
The council insists that the two proposed schemes would help to improve the conditions of privately rented property, reduce anti-social behaviour and lead to improved management standards.
People are being invited to have their say on the proposals in a consultation that will run until November 29.
To take part in the consultation, click here.
Cllr George Savva, cabinet member for licensing and regulatory services at Enfield Council, commented: “With more people living in private rented accommodation, and in poor conditions, it is more important than ever that we introduce licensing schemes to ensure properties in the private rented sector are good quality, safe and secure.
“Licensing the private rented sector will improve housing standards, help reduce deprivation, improve tenants’ safety and quality of life, and improve the quality of our communities.”
Cllr Savva added: “Many landlords offer good quality, safe and well managed private rented homes, but some take advantage of residents and rent out dangerous, cold and damp, overcrowded and poor-quality accommodation.
“A licensing scheme would set standards that will improve housing conditions and make it far harder for unscrupulous landlords to rent out substandard, dangerous and overcrowded properties.”
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