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Energy efficiency will be focus of new licensing regime

A new property licensing scheme that claims to provide “safer, well managed housing for renters” has now come into force in the London borough of Haringey.

Following approval from the Secretary of State in August, Haringey council’s new selective licensing scheme requires landlords who let their properties to a single household or two unrelated sharers to obtain a licence from the council to legally let the property. Those who fail to comply will face enforcement action.

This scheme is in addition to the existing borough-wide licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation.


The council says that with the cost of living continuing to rise, the selective licensing scheme will focus on reducing fuel poverty. Identifying properties with the worst energy efficiency ratings will enable the council to provide landlords with the relevant support and education to adapt their properties.

A council spokesperson says: “Over 40 per cent of households in Haringey live in the private rented sector. Unfortunately, many of our tenants are living in homes in poor condition and with low standards of housing management. These properties also cause frustration to the wider community. 

“Selective Landlord Licensing will help us to improve housing conditions for private renters, which is a key priority of this administration.

“We encourage those who let out homes in the designated areas to come forward and obtain a license. We will take enforcement action against landlords who do not obtain a license and whose properties do not meet the required standards.”

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  • George Dawes

    “Selective Landlord Licensing will help us to improve council finances"

  • Elizabeth Campion

    Isn't it a load of Bxxxxxks

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    • 21 November 2022 06:39 AM

    More rules, more legislation just to put the final stake into the heart of the private rental market….. and dress it up as energy efficiency. I just don’t understand how these boroughs can make unilateral changes to what should be national laws.

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    Very stealth indeed, they are sneaky buggers. As said…. Just another nail to add to the box of them already there.

  • jeremy clarke

    What teh councils and London Boroughs need to be concentrating on are Housing Associations and social housing! They have more than enough legislation to beat the private landlord if they could be bothered to leave their cosy home offices but seem to ignore their mates in the social sector. You only need to look north to Rochdale, Gareth Swarbrick, recently sacked for incompetence came up through the local government ranks!


    We all know that it's Housing Assocs and Council housing where the not fit for human habitation issues lay, however in their defense I do think this has more to do with their tenant types

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    Why don’t they leave their cosy Office and do something useful like sweep the leaves. Clear the stormwater drains and gulley’s that’s blocked up, instead of allowing pondering/ flooding saturating the roads and sub- structure causing roads to break up costing tax payers Billions. Obviously everyone knows this, looking at it every day even walking or driving through it.

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    Remind me - why were millions of pounds of public money spent on cladding Grenfell?

    Do the companies that supplied this still supply the types of insulation that we are being virtually forced to fit in our properties?

    No doubt they will meet all current safety etc. standards, but did we not have that "assurance" with the Grenfell products and RMS Titanic?

    I'm doing nothing that I am not obliged to do and will be asking lots of awkward questions before doing anything under duress.

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    Jeremy, they didn’t need any of extra legislation this last 30 years. I have it in print that the Council have all the Powers they ever need to deal with any landlord and Tenant issues as far back as 1992. So what have they been doing for 30 years apart from interfering and draining PRS finances.


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