Licensing go ahead in Waltham Forest

Licensing go ahead in Waltham Forest

Landlords in the London Borough of Waltham Forest are the latest to be hit with a borough-wide licensing scheme.

At a meeting of Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet on Tuesday, a borough-wide scheme was agreed to monitor landlords. It was voted in by half of the cabinet unanimously, the other four sat out - because they are landlords.

As of April next year landlords across the borough will be made to sign a register and pay a fee of up to £500 per property as a part of the ‘selective licensing’ scheme.

Outlining the plans for the five-year project, Khevyn Limbajee, portfolio holder for housing, told the cabinet the scheme is used in other boroughs to bring down the amount of anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping.

Waltham Forest Council completed the consultation process for landlord licensing on 24 January 2014. More than1,534 responses were received, together with written comments. An update report was presented to the Council Cabinet Committee meeting on 18 March 2014.

Council documents said: “We have found a strong link between levels of antisocial behaviour and homes that are rented out privately which is why we want to introduce selective licensing.”