Newham To Become The First Fully Licenced Private Rental Borough

27 June 2012 Categories: News

Newham To Become The First Fully Licenced Private Rental Borough

As of January 1 2013, all 35,000 private rental properties in the London borough of Newham are to be licensed…or more specifically the private landlords who own the properties are to be licensed in a bid to weed out rogue landlords. The scheme, which is the first of its kind in both England and Wales, will require all private landlords to apply for a 5 year licence, but controversially the licence isn’t free.

Private landlords who apply for their licences and are approved before the end of 2012 will pay a reduced fee of £150, but those who register after January 1 2013 will be required to pay the full fee of £500. Non registration could see fines of up to £20,000.

Newham Council decided on the drastic measure after research showed that three quarters of private residents in the borough supported the idea of such a scheme.

When asked about the new licencing scheme the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales commented, “We want to ensure that private sector rented properties are well managed and meet a good standard. We also want to deal with the crime and anti-social behaviour that is sometimes associated with bad private sector rented housing. There are good landlords in Newham and we want to work with them. Unfortunately there are also some unscrupulous ones, which these proposals would target.”

He then went on to say “Good landlords have nothing to fear from this scheme. For the bad ones, this a clear message they must clean up their act – or pay the price.”