Tuesday 10th October 2017
Plans to introduce an additional licensing scheme across 12 wards in Havering, east London, look set to be approved tomorrow.
Local councillor will meet on Wednesday to discuss the proposal to charge landlords £900 to register their properties with Havering Council.
Aside from boost council finances, it is hoped that the planned licence will help improve local housing conditions and anti-social behaviour in areas where there are large numbers of houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs).
The 12 wards that would be affected by the new license are Brooklands, Mawneys, Elm Park, Pettits, Gooshays, Rainham & Wennington, Harold Wood, Romford Town, Havering Park, South Hornchurch, Heaton and Squirrels Heath.
Under the scheme, landlords in those areas would purchase five-year licenses for their properties, paid for in two parts, which would cost £900 in total, although a discounted fee of £762.50 is available for those who sign up before the end of February.
A council report, which is set to be debated by cabinet members, states: “The introduction of a suitable licensing scheme will enable a significant change in the way that anti-social behaviour and poor management associated with some of the private rented sector is tackled.
“Through licensing, the council will know who is responsible for the management of properties that are rented out and who is responsible for dealing with problems associated with the dwelling.”
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