Redbridge Council Licensing Scheme Approved

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Redbridge Council will now be cracking down on rogue buy to let investors after an additional licensing scheme was approved by the government this week.

A further 12 wards will now be subject to more stringent regulations, amounting to a further 57 per cent of the borough. The scheme will come into effect on October 1, and will mean that within 14 wards, properties will need to be licensed through the council and comply with conditions to ensure that the property is both safe and well-managed.

Under the selective licensing scheme, landlords are also responsible for ensuring their tenants are not antisocial. Landlords in the wards covered by the scheme will need to comply with licence conditions in order to ensure that the property is safe and well managed.

Shelter UK, Ilford North and South MPs, Redbridge Citizens and Generation Rent are all supporting Redbridge Council’s endeavors to make the borough safe for tenants.

Council leader, Councillor Jas Athwal, said: ‘This is a flagship policy and we are pleased that the government agrees that it should be extended across the borough. We are determined to crack down on rogue landlords and improve the housing conditions of often vulnerable people. Our existing scheme is already driving up standards in the private rented sector and this expansion will further improve the lives of thousands of our residents.’

Cabinet member for housing and homelessness, Councilllor Farah Hussain, said: ‘It’s great that we’ve been granted permission to expand to these additional wards. Residents will reap the benefits of this scheme which will ensure that all private rented accommodation in these areas is in good condition and well managed. Landlords will benefit by being able to clearly demonstrate to prospective tenants that they meet our required standards.’

The Councillor continued: ‘We want to clamp down on those rogue landlords that take rent for dangerous accommodation and wash their hands of the problems some tenants cause to their neighbours. This scheme also adds some protection against eviction for tenants living in unlicensed homes and will help to prevent homelessness.’