Waltham Forest: Proposals for selective licensing scheme gathering pace

Waltham Forest is pursuing plans for a selective licensing scheme in the borough, despite the flaws in similar proposals for neighbouring Newham.

Councillors recently voted through plans to explore proposals for a scheme covering Leyton, Cathall and Lea Bridge wards.

It could mean landlords would be charged for a licence per property, which the council could introduce with new bye-laws using powers under the 2011 Localism Act.

Despite the popularity of a voluntary accreditation scheme, which has registered over 1,100 properties since its launch last year, Waltham Forest still believe that a draconian attitude may be the best way forward.

A third of homes in the borough are rented – more than double the national average

The RLA has contacted Waltham Forest for further information, but had not received a response prior to the deadline for this month’s Campaign Watch.

Some information about selective licensing is available on the Waltham Forest website, but the RLA will bring up-to-date details as and when they are available.

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