Brent Council has received more than 5,000 online applications from landlords seeking to have their Brent rental properties licensed since it introduced its new landlord licensing schemes in November last year.
With around 4,000 of these applications now approved, the council says it is aiming is to drive up standards in the private rental sector and better protect tenants from poor rental accommodation.
The licensing schemes were introduced in November 2014 and came into force on 1 January 2015. It is now a legal requirement for all HMOs in Brent to be licensed.
Landlords caught without a licence will have to pay an extra £300 “finders' fee” and face being fined up to £20,000.
Prosecutions have already taken place for failure to licence. Douglas Gerard-Reynolds has been fined twice in respect of his unlicensed properties on Lechmere Road and Anson Road and ordered to pay over £10,000 in total.
Councillor Margaret McLennan, lead member for housing and development at Brent Council said: "It is fantastic to reach this milestone of 5,000 applications but there are still many more rental properties in Brent that need a licence.
"We want to work with the good landlords to drive out the minority of bad ones and so I thank all of those landlords who have already shown their co-operation and submitted their applications to us.
"If you live next to a House in Multiple Occupation or are a tenant in one which you think is unlicensed, please do get in contact with the council's Private Housing Licensing Team and help us increase the number of licensed properties in Brent."