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Selective licensing scheme expanded in Redbridge

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Victoria Barker
Written by Victoria Barker

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.

To keep up to date with news, events, and licensing in Redbridge visit their Local Authority Network page.

About the author

Victoria Barker

Victoria Barker

Victoria is the Communications Officer for the RLA.

With a degree in Journalism, she is responsible for producing articles for our Campaigns and News Centre, the weekly E-News newsletter and creating social media content.

Before joining the RLA, Victoria worked in the University of Salford’s press office, and during University she represented Smooth Radio at events across the North West, as a member of the street team.

2 Comments

  • Completely agree – Nottingham has been approved for a borough wide scheme w.e.f 1 August 2018. Completely rushed. Final conditions only just issued on 6 June. The online application website will not be ready until July. Just complete madness. Oh, it will cover around 32000 properties and five year licensing fee is £780 PER property. You get £300 discount if you are accredited by DASH or Unipol. Day light robbery. The Council will get somewhere between £15m – £25m and create a whole load of extra paperwork for the landlords doing things like uploading EPC certificates on their website. Don’t know why they can’t see them on EPC register website. Oh, Housing Associations and alike are exempt!

  • This is nothing other than a fund-raisin scam

    Nothing is achieved by licensing

    Nothing

    It’s as useful as an EPC – which was another case of pointless bureaucracy that made money for some boxtickers

    Redbridge Council are just thieves

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