Proposals for a new scheme  which could help improve poor living conditions and tackle rogue landlords in Brent will be discussed next week.

Brent Council's cabinet will decide whether to introduce a selective licensing scheme for private sector landlords in order to drive up living standards and tackle rogue landlords in the borough.

The cabinet will take a decision whether to approve the plans to introduce the scheme in the three wards of - Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Centra l on August 26.

Director of communications, policy and campaigns, at homeless charity, Shelter, Roger Harding said: “With a third of privately rented properties failing to meet the government’s own standards for decent homes, it’s really good to see that Brent Council is looking at ways to make living conditions better for the thousands of private renters across Brent.

 “We hear from people every day who say their health has been affected by rogue landlords failing to carry out repairs, and yet we found that one in nine renters in London have avoided asking their landlord to improve conditions for fear of being evicted."

The aim of the scheme is to raise living standards for the minority of tenants who struggle to get repairs done, live in poor conditions or suffer overcrowding. 

If the proposals are approved, they would also help neighbours concerned about fly-tipping and other anti-social behaviour from some privately-rented homes.

Mr Harding added: “No family should have to live in a home where their health and well-being is at risk. Along with others, Brent is working toward a better private rental market for its residents and we hope even more councils follow their lead.”

Brent Council's lead member for housing, Councillor Margaret McLennan.
 

If approved, the scheme would come into effect in January next year and landlords would be able to apply for licenses from November 1.

The fees for selective licensing will be set at £350 for the five-year licensing period.

Brent Council's lead member for housing, Councillor Margaret McLennan (Labour) said: "We want to create a minimum standard for landlords and properties to ensure that residents can expect a good standard of housing.

“It has been successful in other areas of London and it will tackle the minority of private landlords who give their tenants a raw deal and also help stamp out anti-social behaviour by tenants.

"Reputable landlords will benefit from the changes as having a license will show tenants and prospective tenants that their properties are of a good standard.”

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