Brent looks at PRS licencing

Brent Council is consulting on a licencing scheme for private sector landlords, aiming to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve conditions.

Landlords of up to 10,000 private homes in Brent would have to apply for licences under proposals aiming to stamp out issues such as poor conditions, overcrowding and anti-social behaviour by tenants.

The aim is to raise standards for tenants who struggle to get repairs done, live in poor conditions or suffer overcrowding. If the proposals are approved, they would also help neighbours concerned about fly-tipping and noise from some privately-rented homes.

Brent has just launched the consultation on extending its existing, limited licensing scheme, which only covers large houses in multiple occupation.

It is proposing that all private landlords of smaller houses in multiple occupation in the borough would need a licence along with the landlords of all privately-rented homes in three wards – Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central.

Licence fees for landlords would be reasonable and the council would also be offering them discounts and incentives although there would be penalties for breaches of licence conditions.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Brent Council’s Lead Member for Housing, said: “We believe that everyone will benefit from our proposals. Local people will have better homes, neighbours will be reassured and it will be good for landlords’ business.”

The consultation runs until early March.

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