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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