New licensing could be introduced in Havering

Earlier in 2017 the London Borough of Havering held informal discussions regarding landlord licensing. They have followed this up by launching a formal consultation on two proposals for additional licenses. The aim is to get opinions from landlords, tenants, local residents, and other parties who may have an interest. These views will help to shape the plan moving forward. The consultation will be open until July 28th.

The two proposals being considered are as follows;

An additional licence for HMOs in twelve wards
An additional licence for HMOs in four wards with the highest concentration of this kind of property

Currently the rules state that HMOs are legally required to have a Mandatory HMO Licence if they are three storeys tall or more, are home to more than five people not from the same household, and share facilities. The additional licence would cover HMO properties that fall outside of this. The aim is to improve standards, ensuring landlords are fit and proper.

Alongside revealing the proposals for the new licensing requirements the London Borough of Havering has also released a suggested fee structure. Again there are two options:

1) A total of £900 – £675 for processing the license and £225 for enforcement
2) A total of £1180 – £950 to process a license and £230 enforcement fee

A number of drop-in sessions are being held by the Council so that people have the opportunity to offer their views. A representative of the Council will be present at each session to hear opinions and respond to them.

At Finefair we work hard to keep our clients informed. If additional licensing comes into force it will increase their responsibilities. Those landlords who don’t get a license could face big fines and losses.

As one of the leading names for a local lettings agent Havering has, we are always on hand to help our clients. If you need any advice or would like to arrange a professional service with us please get in touch.