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Hammersmith & Fulham Council launch property licensing consultation

Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Hammersmith & Fulham Licensing Consultation

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has launched a 12-week public consultation on five ideas to improve the private rental market and they want to know what you think.

According to the council, more than a third of homes in Hammersmith & Fulham are now rented from private landlords, providing housing for over 27,500 tenants. The council want to drive up standards in the private rented sector and tackle rogue landlords.

The five proposals out for consultation are:

  • Introduction of additional licensing – every house in multiple occupation would need to apply for a licence so the council can ensure it is properly managed and not overcrowded
  • Introduction of selective licensing – all private rented properties in about one fifth of the borough with high levels of anti-social behaviour would have to apply for a licence so the council know they meet property and tenancy standards
  • A new H&F private landlords’ rental charter – landlords can commit to the council’s standards on housing conditions, charges protecting tenants deposits and security of tenancy, giving potential renters confidence
  • New minimum standards for homes in multiple occupation – to ensure homes are safe and not overcrowded
  • A new social lettings agency – to help residents on modest incomes find homes and help landlords find suitable tenants  

We understand that everyone who takes part will be put in a draw to win one of three Marks & Spencer vouchers with a top prize worth £100.

Cllr Lisa Homan, H&F Cabinet Member for Housing said:

We are determined to protect everyone involved – tenants and landlords – by supporting a fair and safe private rental sector. It is important we hear from everyone to get their views on these plans so that we can make the right decisions together.

Whether you’re a landlord, tenant, or resident, you can visit www.lbhf.gov.uk/improvingprivaterenting to complete the consultation and find more information. London Property Licensing is encouraging everyone to take part in the consultation exercise which is open until 30 September 2016.

Information on the current property licensing requirements in Hammersmith and Fulham is available at: www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk/hammersmith-fulham

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