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The Government has made it clear that, whilst it does not back the idea of mandatory regulation of private landlords and agents, it is happy for local councils to use to the full the licensing powers that they have. See HMO & Selective Licensing
Inviting views, the council says: “Newham has a thriving private rented sector that provides affordable housing options for local people; but the Council is concerned about possible overcrowding and anti-social behaviour in some properties.
“Therefore, the Council is thinking of licensing private landlords and properties in the borough – in order to ensure that landlords, managing agents, tenants and owners operate legally and professionally.”
Newham estimates around one third of households in the borough are in the private rented sector, numbering around 35,000 homes. It has already piloted a smaller scale licensing scheme for over a year.
Sir Robin Wales, Mayor of Newham, said: “We want to ensure that private sector rented properties are well managed and meet a good standard. We also want to deal with the crime and anti-social behaviour that is sometimes associated with bad private sector rented housing.
“There are good landlords in Newham and we want to work with them. Unfortunately there are also some unscrupulous ones – which these proposals would target.”
Housing charity Shelter welcomed the Newham move. Kay Boycott, Director of Communications, policy and campaigns, said: “We urge other local councils to follow Newham’s lead in sending a clear signal that enforcing the law against rogue landlords is a priority.”
A City Wide Licensing Scheme for Landlords
Immigration Act revised 2016 should a landlord or letting agent fail to ensure ALL tenants/occupiers have a righto reside for the duration of the tenancy then they may be fined £3000 for each breach. The Secretary of State may instruct the landlord to remove such persons without the need of a court order by way of reasonable force
Labour market enforcement - restriction on illegal migrants to work. A labour market enforcement undertaking (an “LME undertaking”) is an undertaking by the person giving it (the “subject”) to comply with any prohibitions, restrictions and requirements set out in the undertaking