The government has given its approval to Brent Council’s proposal for boroughwide property licensing, set to be enforced soon, requiring all landlords in the area to obtain a selective license. Notably, Wembley Park is exempt from this requirement. The initiative aims to elevate living standards for renters and strengthen Brent’s positive relationships with private landlords. The anticipated launch date for the scheme is Spring 2024.
Councillor Promise Knight, Cabinet Member for Housing, Homelessness and Renters’ Security, said, “We are delighted that our proposal has been approved,”
She added, “It’s a major win for both renters and landlords. The scheme will massively improve the standard of living for private renters who make up half of all Brent residents. It will also give landlords and agents complete clarity on their responsibilities regarding property management and safety.
“At a time when housing is at a crisis point across London, the introduction of selective licensing across Brent, with the exception of Wembley Park, will offer renters the assurance of security and safety when it comes their home.”
“Brent will continue to work in partnership with good professional landlords but has a zero-tolerance approach towards rogue landlords. Any rogue landlords in Brent should be on notice that this expansion means that there will be nowhere in Brent for them to hide.”
In 2023, the council issued its first banning order against a landlord, preventing him from letting houses in England for five years. Brent has also licenced more homes of multiple occupation than any other London borough.
Wembley Park will be exempt from the licensing scheme as it is currently the only ward in the borough where the number of disrepairs in private rentals does not meet the critical threshold set by the government.
Brent Council confirmed that further details on how to apply for a licence will be announced in the New Year.