A large property licensing scheme in the Borough of Barking and Dagenham has been approved by the Government.
The five year selective licensing scheme will impact approximately 20,000 households in the borough, and is set to be introduced on 1st September 2019.
The approval of this scheme means that it will be a requirement for all landlords in the borough to have a licence in order to rent out their property lawfully.
Types of licences landlord in the borough will be required to have
- HMO (houses in multiple occupation) licence – compulsory for properties occupied by five or more persons living in two or more households
- Additional HMO (houses in multiple occupation) licence – compulsory for properties occupied by 3 or more non-related occupiers that are sharing some basic facilities or amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom
- Selective licence – compulsory for all let residential accommodation that is not an Additional or Mandatory HMO
The Council ran a consultation on these plans last year, which the RLA responded to. In the response, which you can read here, the RLA raised concerns about the high cost to landlords of obtaining a licence.
Read more about selective licensing in our guidance here.