The RLA has received confirmation that the London Borough of Brent will proceed with plans to introduce licensing. Additional HMO licensing requires all HMOs to have a licence to be eligible for renting, while selective licensing designates areas where any privately rented properties must have a licence.
Brent’s Private Housing Services contacted the RLA to say:
“The London Borough of Brent’s Additional and Selective property licensing schemes come into force on 1st January 2015 and it is important that members know that they probably need a Council licence. The Council started to receive applications from 1st November 2014 and landlords and agents of unlicensed properties could be prosecuted and fined up to £20,000. Time is running out to apply. For more information and to apply visit our website at www.brent.gov.uk/prslicensing
Apply online to Brent Council here.
Brent Council wants to drive up standards in the private rented sector and help create more good, affordable housing for local people. The minority of rogue landlords are not welcome in Brent.”
As a legal requirement landlords are urged to comply.