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Havering Council approves £900 licence scheme to lock out rogue landlords

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 October 2017

Romford Town centre. Havering Town Hall

Romford Town centre. Havering Town Hall

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Havering councillors approved plans to license the borough’s privately rented properties at a meeting on Wednesday night.

The scheme means landlords in 12 wards will have to purchase five-year licences for their properties, costing £900. A discount is available for those who sign up before the end of February 2018.

These licences could be revoked if the council receives complaints about the management, use or maintenance of the property.

Councillor Damian White, cabinet member for housing, said: “Poorly run HMOs are often the cause of anti-social behaviour, poor living conditions and a scourge on the community.

“Through licensing, the council will know who is responsible for the management of properties and who is responsible for dealing with problems associated with the properties.

“The introduction of this scheme, which has received strong backing from residents, moves to tackle rogue landlords, to make the private rented sector safer for tenants and more accountable to the community.”

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