The London borough of Greenwich has re-started its planned roll-out of selective licensing across three of its key areas '� Woolwich, Plumstead and Shooters Hill.
Expected to go live at the beginning of July following its Cabinet committee decision, this means nearly a fifth of PRS properties within the borough will have to be licenced within the borough, which already operates an HMO licensing scheme.
The scheme is expected to raise �2.6 million in revenue from landlords within the areas from approximately 4,500 properties.
During the delayed consultation, which was restarted in September 2020, 72% of the landlords and letting agents who contributed were against the scheme.
Greenwich council had hoped to bring in the measure - which will see all private landlords licence their properties within these areas - in 2020 but the plans were shelved during the pandemic after the government requested that new applications be set aside '�due to pressure on the private rented sector'.
The plans have now been voted through by councillors and the fees for the five-year long scheme will be �312 for early bird applicants rising to �780.
This scheme will not require approval by the Secretary of State as the threshold of 20% of private rented property covered by the scheme has not been exceeded.
During the meeting, it was claimed that the areas covered, which include a patchwork of residential streets near the centre of Woolwich, are both a hotspot of poorly-operated private rented accommodation but also blighted by anti-social behaviour.
The neighbouring council of Lewisham is consulting on a scheme that would see an almost borough-wide selective licensing scheme introduced.