The Government has approved plans to introduce a new
licensing scheme for private rental homes in Barking and Dagenham.
Under the terms of the new borough-wide, five-year property
licensing scheme, which is expected to cover around 20,000 homes, every private
rental property in Barking and Dagenham must be licensed and comply with strict
conditions, to ensure that each home is safe and properly managed.
Barking and Dagenham Council currently has a private rented
property and additional House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) licensing scheme, which
will end on 31st August 2019. The new scheme will replace these,
starting on 1st September 2019.
Private rental homes currently account for 27% of the
borough’s housing stock.
The current licensing schemes have helped the council to
instigate 70 prosecutions and serve 570 enforcement notices, requiring
properties to be made safe.
Councillor Margaret Mullane, the Cabinet Member for Enforcement and
Community Safety at Barking and Dagenham Council, says: “It is fantastic news that the Government has approved our new
property licensing scheme for five years, right across the borough – the first
of this kind to be given Government approval anywhere.
“It will be a key weapon in our continuing
fight to improve standards in the private rented sector. We are absolutely
determined to protect our tenants, making sure they live in safe homes that are
in good condition and well managed.”
She continues: “The scheme will help us to
continue to weed out rogue landlords who put tenants at risk, and to crack down
on crime, anti-social behaviour and overcrowding. We will also ensure that
landlords deal with problems including rubbish in front gardens and noise,
which are often linked with over-crowded accommodation.
“Everyone deserves a decent and safe home, and
we will continue to drive up standards in Barking and Dagenham to protect our
tenants, ensuring that no one is left behind – and we will come down hard on
landlords who feel they can put profit before people.”
Be aware of this change in licensing if you
have properties in Barking and Dagenham.