Brent Council is improving the PRS in the Borough

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Brent Council is working hard to improve the private rental sector (PRS) in the area. They want to raise standards, tackle rogue landlords, and also protect tenant rights. The council will support renters’ unions to give people the extra help they need.

Section 21

One of the main things the unions and the Council want to do is abolish Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988. This allows landlords to evict tenants at the end of a fixed term without giving a reason. As a result it is commonly referred to as a no-fault eviction policy.

There are lots of horror stories of landlords abusing this power. All they have to do is let the fixed period end and then they can evict a tenant at any time with very little notice.

Selective Licensing

In addition the Council would like to use selective licensing across the whole Borough. Currently landlords need to get a licence for all private rental homes in eight wards. In addition private HMOs across Brent with five or more unrelated people living in them must have a license.

Originally selective licensing was only in three wards. This became eight earlier this year. The plan is to extend it again so it covers the entire Borough and drives up standards.

Landlords need to keep an eye out to see if they require a license. Those that fail to get one when they should, can face fines. In the worst cases they may even get a banning order that prohibits them from being a landlord.

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