Extending selective licensing in Brent

Brent Council is working hard to help tackle rogue landlords in the area. They already have selective licensing in place for several wards including Harlesden and Wembley Central. Last month plans were approved to extend this scheme across even more areas. As a result landlords in additional wards like Kensal Green and Queen’s Park will require licenses from June 2018.

Protecting move homes

The move will help to protect 10,000 homes in the Borough. The scheme will be in place for at least five years. Landlords must ensure they have a license for each rental property they have in the area. They must also adhere to the requirements of the licensing, including protecting tenants and retaining the quality of the homes.

Further expansion of the licensing could occur in the future to protect housing in other parts of the Borough. The local council remain committed to improving standards and preventing rogue landlords from taking advantage of tenants.

Since 2016 Brent Council has been successful in 125 cases against rogue landlords, agents, and tenants who illegally sublet. This has generated fines exceeding £730,000. Since the introduction of civil penalties in September 2017, the local authority has received over £100,000 in fines.

Be aware of the changes coming into force

Landlords, agents and tenants in Brent must ensure they are ready for the new changes coming into force. If they fail to get a license they could face fines.

At Finefair we manage a number of properties for investors in the area. In fact we are one of the very best at council leasing Brent has. We therefore understand how important it is to ensure that obligations are met, including licensing. We do just that, providing professional advice and support wherever necessary.

If you would like help don’t hesitate to contact us. We urge you to do so before the June deadline. That way there is time to make improvements to properties if necessary.