Brent Council’s application to extend its selective licensing scheme in the north west London ward has been rejected by central government.
Brent Council attempted to extend its selective licensing scheme to 10 new wards in the borough, including Willesden Green, Harlesden, and Wembley Central, following a consultation last year.
But the government said that more evidence would be needed before approval could be awarded.
Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Brent Council's Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Naturally we're disappointed not to have gotten this done at the first attempt and frustrated at this setback in our aims to improve safety and drive up housing standards for the borough's private tenants.
“If the government need to see more evidence then that's exactly what we'll do. We know that licensing works and that it benefits everyone: tenants, landlords and neighbourhoods.”
All privately rented properties in the wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park are still required to be licensed, as well as any shared accommodation throughout the borough where there are three or more tenants living together who are not related - including those with a single tenancy.