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Have your say on proposed additional landlord licensing scheme in Havering

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - Havering Council

Havering Council is calling on all local residents, landlords and managing agents to have their say on plans to introduce an additional landlord licensing scheme.

Two scheme options for privately rented properties in the borough are currently being considered as part of a coordinated approach to ensure minimum safety standards within the private rented sector. Under both options, landlords will have to comply with minimum safety standards and pay an application fee starting from £900 to obtain a licence. The fee will be paid in two instalments.

Option 1 - A wider scheme covering 12 Wards                               

This option proposes that the additional licensing scheme designation will include Brooklands, Elm Park, Gooshays, Heaton, Harold Wood, Havering Park, Mawneys, Pettits, Rainham & Wennington, Romford Town, South Hornchurch and Squirrels Heath wards.

Option 2 – A narrower scheme covering four Wards                                           

This option proposes that only houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) located within the wards of Brooklands, Gooshays, Heaton and Romford Town would be subject to additional licensing. These four wards have been identified as there has been substantial evidence of problems associated with HMOs in these areas.

The consultation is running for a period of ten weeks and closes on Friday 28 July 2017.

The council is inviting people to find out more by meeting with council housing staff at a number of drop-in events with no appointment necessary:

Tuesday 6 June         10.15am - 1pm       Harold Hill Library meeting room
Wednesday 14 June  10.15am - 1pm       South Hornchurch Library
Tuesday 27 June        10.15am - 1pm      Romford Library first floor meeting room
Monday 3 July            3.45pm - 7.00pm   Romford Library first floor meeting room
Wednesday 12 July    10.15am - 1.00pm Harold Hill Library meeting room
Thursday 20 July        4.15pm - 7.00pm   Romford Library first floor meeting room

To find out more information and take part in the counsultation, people can also visit www.havering.gov.uk/consultations.

Alternatively, views can be submitted via email to: landlordlicensing@havering.gov.uk or sent to: Private Sector Housing Team, Public Protection, London Borough of Havering, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford  RM1 3SL.

Copies of the proposals are also available to view at Havering libraries. 

Information about property licensing in Havering is also available at www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk/havering.

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