Redbridge Council has been given the approval to introduce an expanded selective licensing scheme, which will cover a further 12 wards in the borough when it is introduced on 1st October 2018.
The council already operates a borough wide additional licensing scheme, and selective licensing schemes in the wards of Clementswood and Valentines.
The new scheme means that all privately rented properties in 14 wards will need to be licensed, and comply with conditions to ensure the property is safe and well managed.
It is estimated that around 15,000 private rented properties will be affected in the 12 wards where the new selective licensing scheme is being introduced.
The additional wards covered by selective licensing will be: Goodmayes, Loxford, Snaresbrook, Roding, Newbury, Mayfield, Cranbrook, Seven Kings, Chadwell, Fairlop, Aldborough and Church End.
Redbridge Council say they have seen a marked increase in the number of requests for assistance from tenants because of the condition of their rented property, with many trying for months to get their landlord to carry out essential repairs.
Speaking about the extension of the Selective Licensing scheme in Redbridge, John Stewart, Policy Manager at the RLA said: “The Government introduced a threshold a few years ago that means a local authority can only introduce schemes covering more than 20% of the borough, if they obtain approval from the Secretary of State.
“We are disappointed that so many schemes are being approved, and are concerned that this will encourage other local authorities who are considering introducing such large schemes, which have proven to be ineffective elsewhere.
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