London council wants to licence 35,000 buy to lets

London council wants to licence 35,000 buy to lets

10:30 AM, 18th May 2012, About 12 years ago 2

Text Size

Newham Council has completed stage one of a grandiose plan to licence 35,000 buy to let tenancies.

The Labour-led council wants to become the first to achieve the milestone and is looking to extend a pilot scheme in the neighbourhood improvement zone of Little Ilford that has seen 257 licences issued.

The council is also trying to set up the UK’s first public sector buy to let portfolio and has picked up extra cash from Housing Minister Grant Shapps under his initiative to stamp out beds-in-sheds shanty homes.

In Little Ilford, the council has also prosecuted landlords for dumping rubbish under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The council harnesses infrared cameras and aerial photography to find the shanty homes.

Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to reach this milestone there but we certainly won’t be resting on our laurels. We want this to be just the start.

“We will never accept private sector tenants being directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and unacceptable conditions. One bad property drag down a whole street.

“Good landlords have nothing to fear from this scheme. For the bad ones, this a clear message they must clean up their act.”

Sir Robin added: “This proposed scheme shows that Newham is leading the country when it comes to tackling bad landlords who flout the law.

“We want to ensure that private sector rented properties are well managed and meet a good standard. We also want to deal with the crime and antisocial behaviour that is sometimes associated with bad private sector rented housing.

“There are good landlords in Newham and we want to work with them. Unfortunately there are also some unscrupulous ones – which these proposals would target.”

Share This Article


3:14 AM, 20th May 2012, About 12 years ago

So is the Newham Council licensing scheme free??? If it's being set up to target bad landlords surely good landlords should not be required to pay for a license. Or, as I suspect, is this just another way for the public sector to put their hand in the pocket of landlords??


chris howells

21:34 PM, 21st May 2012, About 12 years ago

prop wont be free, but it ensures that accommodation meets a required standard. Its excellent idea, there are a lot of licenced houses and Hmos in wales.
they need to get rid of these shanty sheds tenants have no running water or heating and they are slum

Leave Comments

In order to post comments you will need to Sign In or Sign Up for a FREE Membership


Don't have an account? Sign Up

Landlord Tax Planning Book Now