A London council is consulting on what it claims to be “a groundbreaking property licensing scheme.”
Newham council says its licensing of more than 40,000 property has been a crucial tool to ensure that privately rented homes are safe, secure and well managed.
The current licensing scheme began in 2018, following Newham’s decision in 2013 to become the first UK local authority to apply licensing requirements to every private rental home in the borough.
The authority claims that since 2013 its licensing scheme has recovered £2.5m in unpaid fees from landlords and ordered £350,000 in rent repayment from unlicensed landlords.
It’s undertaken 1,100 prosecutions, serving 384 civil penalty notices, serving 2,549 notices relating to property standards, and conducting 450 joint operations with police, fire brigade, or HMRC to tackle illegal activities.
The consultation is on a proposal to extend the scheme for an additional five years; the consultation will close on Wednesday January 26 2022.
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