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Have your say on Brent landlord licensing scheme

Members of the general public are being offered the opportunity to have their say on Brent’s landlord licensing scheme.

Brent Council wants to know whether the landlord licensing scheme should be renewed in some areas and extended in other wards. It has launched a borough-wide online consultation that will last for ten weeks, allowing anyone to have their say on landlord licensing in the borough.

Three types of licensing schemes operate in Brent: mandatory, additional and selective licensing.

People are being asked whether they are in favour of renewing the selective licensing scheme in Harlesden, Willesden and Wembley Central.

They are also being asked about renewing the additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) with three or more unrelated tenants sharing a home.

In addition, people are being asked if they support extending the selective licensing scheme to other wards in Brent.

There are ten wards being considered for the extension of selective licensing in Brent: Queensbury, Fryent, Brondesbury Park, Barnhill, Welsh Harp, Northwick Park, Preston, Tokyngton (excluding Wembley Park), Alperton and Sudbury.

Selective licensing already applies in the wards of Queens Park, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Dudden Hill and Mapesbury.

Cllr Eleanor Southwood, cabinet member for housing and welfare reform, said: “A third of people in Brent rent in the private sector; whilst most landlords provide safe and decent homes, sadly that isn't always the case.

“Licensing has helped keep renters safe. Since we introduced landlord licensing in 2015, we've driven up housing standards, reduced overcrowding and tackled anti-social behaviour. Where landlords have fallen short, we have been relentless in taking action and will not hesitate to throw the full-force of the law at rogue landlords”

Have your say in the licensing consultation by clicking here.

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