A London council is urging landlords to check whether their properties require licensing under a new scheme introduced this month.
Enfield’s new Selective Licensing Scheme covers properties that are privately rented to one or two persons or one family households across 14 areas of the borough.
The Labour-controlled council’s cabinet member for Licensing and Regulatory Services, George Savva, says: “The council is committed to reducing inequality and building a fairer Enfield for all, and that means we will do everything we can to prevent criminal landlords taking advantage of people’s desperate need for a home.
"This licensing scheme will help protect private renters to ensure they live in safe and secure homes and whilst many private landlords and agents manage their properties well and provide a good service to their tenants, the conditions being experienced by some private renters, often properties occupied by some of the most vulnerable private tenants for whom housing options are limited.
“For those responsible landlords in the borough, schemes like this help to level the playing field.
“The Selective Licensing Scheme has been introduced in areas where evidence shows there is a large number of rented properties that have poor property conditions and standards, high level of deprivation and a significant and persistent problem caused by anti-social behaviour.
“Licensing will drive up housing standards in a growing private rented sector and help both tenants and landlords manage rented properties to a higher standard.”
The cost of a five year licence is £600.
The Selective Licensing Scheme is in addition to the borough wide Additional Licensing Scheme for House in Multiple Occupation which was introduced in September 2020.
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