Havering Additional Licensing Consultation - 19 May to 28 July 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017 - Havering Council

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Date: Friday 19 May to Friday 28 July 2017

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Havering Council have launched an addiitonal licensing consultation with all interested parties that runs until Friday 28 July 2017.

They are seeking to consult with residents, tenants, landlords, resident associations, managing agents, estate agents, other London Boroughs and anyone else with an interest in the scheme. The council is keen to work in collaboration with all parties throughout the planning and implementation of the proposed scheme. 

Following a period of informal consultation on the introduction of a landlord licensing scheme earlier this year, Havering Council has now completed a review and has decided to formally consult on proposals to introduce an additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation. The consultation will run for a period of ten weeks from Friday 19 May to Friday 28 July 2017.

Two scheme options are currently being considered:

Option 1 – A wider scheme covering 12 Wards                               

This option proposes that the additional licensing 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  4 Wards                                           

This option proposes that only HMOs located within the wards of Brooklands, Gooshays, Heaton and Romford Town would be subject to additional licensing. 

These two options are being considered because the council say they have substantial evidence of problems associated with HMO’s in the four wards identified under the narrower option. The council say there is also evidence to justify a wider scheme covering 12 of the borough’s 18 wards has also been collected. The Council is keen to ensure any scheme that it implements is rolled out within a sufficiently wide area in order to prevent the identified problems from spreading. Views are therefore sought on both of the above proposals. 

Local residents, tenants, landlords, managing agents and other members of the community interested in the proposals are being encouraged to provide their views and feedback on the schemes before a final decision is made. All interested parties can find out more information and meet with private sector housing staff at a number of drop in events (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

The full consultation is available at Paper copies of the full consultation reports will also be available for viewing at all Havering libraries from Monday 22nd May.

Consultation ends at 11.59pm on Friday 28 July 2017.

If you wish to talk to council officers generally about the licensing scheme proposals or would like further information please email or call 01708 434116. Written responses can be sent to: Private Sector Housing Team, Public Protection, London Borough of Havering, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford  RM1 3SL. 

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