Hackney Council Targets Unscrupulous Landlords with Licensing
By |Published On: 4th October 2018|

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Hackney Council Targets Unscrupulous Landlords with Licensing

By |Published On: 4th October 2018|

This article is an external press release originally published on the Landlord News website, which has now been migrated to the Just Landlords blog.

Landlords who own property in Hackney and East London should be aware that subsequent to a consultation earlier in the year Hackney Council has decide to introduce a license scheme across three new areas.

Moreover, landlords who own properties in Brownswood, Cazenone and Stoke Bewington have been given until 3rd December to acquire a license or potentially be confronted with a fixed penalty of up to £30,000, a prosecution with unlimited fine, or simply be forced to pay tenants back up to a year’s rent.

The approval of new powers to protect the borough’s growing number of private renters mean that more than 1,500 privately rented homes blighted by serious hazards or disrepair must now be brought up to scratch by Landlords
of Hackney’s 4,000 Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) will also have to apply for a licence under the new arrangements approved by the council.

Kim Wright, Hackney’s director for housing, said: “Many of Hackney’s landlords provide a good, professional service, and we’re looking forward to working with them to create better conditions for renters.
“But these new measures – along with our expanded team – will tackle those who don’t treat renters fairly or keep their homes safe.”

About the Author: Em Morley (she/they)

Em is the Content Marketing Manager for Just Landlords, with over five years of experience writing for insurance and property websites. Together with the knowledge and expertise of the Just Landlords underwriting team, Em aims to provide those in the property industry with helpful resources. When she’s not at her computer researching and writing property and insurance guides, you’ll find her exploring the British countryside, searching for geocaches.

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