Brent Council has received over 5,000 online applications from landlords seeking to have their rental properties licensed since it introduced its new landlord licensing schemes in November last year.
With around 4,000 of these applications now approved, the council is aiming is to drive up standards in the private rental sector.
The licensing schemes were introduced in November 2014 and came into force on 1st January 2015. It is now a legal requirement for all Houses in Multiple Occupation in Brent to be licensed.
Landlords caught without a licence have to pay an extra £300 finders’ fee and face being fined up to £20,000. The council says prosecutions have already taken place for failure to licence.
Councillor Margaret McLennan, Lead Member for Housing and Development at Brent Council said: “It is fantastic to reach this milestone of 5,000 applications but there are still many more rental properties in Brent that need a licence.
“We want to work with the good landlords to drive out the minority of bad ones and so I thank all of those landlords who have already shown their co-operation and submitted their applications to us.”