London borough’s Selective Licensing scheme approval

London borough’s Selective Licensing scheme approval

11:42 AM, 23rd August 2022, About 2 years ago 3

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A new property licensing scheme has been approved to provide safe and warm housing in Haringey.

The council says that for some rental properties in the east of the borough, landlords will be helped to improve the property’s energy efficiency rating.

There will be ‘support and education’ available for landlords to improve the property and to measure its carbon emissions.

This is aimed, the council claims, at improving fuel poverty for tenants who are a single family or two, unrelated renters.

Selective licensing scheme has been approved

The new licensing scheme has been approved by the Secretary of State and Haringey council says its new Selective Licensing will protect private renters by ensuring landlords take responsibility for maintaining effective and appropriate management of their properties.

The council wants to improve housing conditions across the borough, and the scheme’s introduction will help ensure residents live in safe and warm homes, as well as further support the council’s ambition to tackle inequality.

Now, landlords who let their properties in the east of Haringey to a single family or two unrelated sharers will be required to obtain a licence from the council to legally let the home.

This scheme is in addition to the existing borough-wide licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).

Licensing scheme will identify properties with the worst energy efficiency ratings

With a specific focus on reducing fuel poverty, the Selective Licensing scheme will help the council identify properties with the worst energy efficiency ratings and provide landlords with the relevant support and education to adapt their properties and effectively measure their carbon emissions.

The council also highlights that those who apply for an ‘early bird’ Selective Licensing application will benefit from a discounted fee.

Landlords will pay £350 per property, instead of £600, should they sign up early.

Cllr Dana Carlin, the council’s cabinet member for house services, private renters and planning, said: “With over 40% of the borough renting from a private landlord, we want to ensure all our residents live in warm and safe homes.

“The Selective Licensing scheme will enable us to work with landlords to improve the quality of the housing stock in the private rented sector and support our private renters.”

She added: “We will take action to ensure that all private rented properties in the designated area are licensed and comply with relevant conditions.”

For landlords, there’s more information about the new Selective Licensing scheme on the council’s website.

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Mick Roberts

13:47 PM, 23rd August 2022, About 2 years ago

Who's paying for this then?
Cause if tenants are paying cheap rent ie. Landlord looking after em, & then Council want £350 or £600 & maybe £5000 or £30,000 to upgrade from E to a C, Landlord then says I can no longer look after u with cheap rent. Cheap rent doesn't pay for these outgoings, I've now got to charge u what the Landlord is charging his better off tenants up the road who's paying more to live in that New build.

Has anyone asked the tenants what they want? We know they want the better house, but when u give them choice I can give u New build for £1000pm or still decent house but not New build standards for £700pm, I know what most tenants say.

Michael Johnson - Amzac Estates

15:17 PM, 23rd August 2022, About 2 years ago

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I would take a good guess that this council will end up with a pretty serious housing crisis in a few years time.
I very much doubt anyone asked the tenants if they fancy a 30-40% increase in their rents.

Mick Roberts

16:19 PM, 23rd August 2022, About 2 years ago

Reply to the comment left by Michael Johnson - Amzac Estates at 23/08/2022 - 15:17
Great way of putting it as that's what's happened in Nottingham with Nottingham Labour Council introducing Selective Licensing 2 months before UC came in.

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