Borough-wide licensing now law in Brent

Since 1 April 2024, every private landlord renting out property in Brent is legally required to apply for a licence, and they have issued the following:

The scheme will drive up living standards for renters and build on Brent’s positive relationships with private landlords.

Borough-wide licensing applies to all wards except Wembley Park where the number of private rentals with poor housing conditions is below the critical threshold.

Councillor Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Renters’ Security, said: “We’re encouraging private landlords with properties in Brent to make their application today to ensure that they comply with the law.

“This scheme will bring about positive living standard improvements for private renters who make up half of all Brent residents. It will also give landlords and agents complete clarity on their responsibilities regarding property management and safety.”

In 2023, the council issued its first banning order against a landlord, preventing him from letting houses in England for five years. Brent has also licenced more homes of multiple occupation than any other London borough and has one of the most proactive enforcement teams in the capital.

Further details on how to apply for a licence are available on: www.brent.gov.uk/getlicensed

 

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