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London council reveals green light for more selective licencing

redbridge selective licencing

Redbridge Council has been given the go-ahead for its expanded selective licensing scheme that applies to most private rented properties in 15 of the North London borough’s wards.

Government approval means the scheme will launch on 8th April in Aldborough, Barkingside, Chadwell, Churchfields, Clementswood, Cranbrook, Fairlop, Goodmayes, Hainault, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury, Seven Kings, South Woodford, and Wanstead Village. The previous selective scheme, which expired in September, covered 12 wards. Online applications open on 4th March.

The council’s consultation found that there were significant issues in the PRS, which this licensing scheme aimed to address.

Its report explains: “The council believes with the current evidence and data available, that there remains a persistent and significant problem with ASB and crime in the borough.

Obligations

"Although property licensing will not eradicate ASB and crime, it does provide the intelligence, key tools and levers for the council, the Metropolitan Police and other enforcement partners to deal with those problems as they occur, including imposing essential obligations on landlords and agents.”

The current licence fee of £673 is set to increase to £765, with a £35 discount on the part B application fee to accredited landlords.

It adds: “We have partially changed our objectives to undertake more regular publishing of performance and enforcement statistics and annual reports during the lifetime of the licensing scheme.

"This will include a review of the fees, conditions and mechanics of the licensing scheme…these will be published on our website pages and circulated in subsequent e-bulletins, landlord and tenant forums, and circulated to local landlord and tenant organisations.”

In June, the council approved a borough-wide additional HMO licensing scheme, covering small HMOs.

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