New private rented licensing schemes coming into force

The additional HMO licensing scheme will be in operation across all of Ealing and apply to most shared homes that do not fall under the national mandatory HMO licensing scheme.

The selective licensing scheme will apply to all privately rented homes in the wards of East Acton, Southall Broadway and Southall Green.

With a significantly increasing number of households across the borough relying on the private rented sector to provide a home, the council is committed to meeting its priorities to improve conditions in the private rented sector, deliver decent homes and tackle climate change.

Landlords and letting agents are encouraged to take advantage of the generous 25% discount offered on fees for applications that are submitted from 1 April to 1 July 2022. Whilst accredited landlords, that are members of recognised accreditation bodies and landlords who can provide evidence of fuel efficiency, may also be eligible for additional discounts.

Lucy Taylor, Ealing Council executive director of place said, “We believe that property licensing is a vital tool in driving up standards in Ealing’s private rented sector.

“We value the relationships that we have with landlords that offer decent, well-managed and much needed homes for residents. This is why we are urging landlords to apply for their property licence now so they can take advantage of the discounts on offer.

“Property licensing supports responsible landlords by providing a level playing field. It is also a powerful tool to help the council focus on targeting properties with the worst conditions.

“Licensing will help us to further improve the sector and drive out the small minority of rogue landlords and letting agents who take advantage of vulnerable tenants.”

Landlords and agents can check if their property comes under the new licensing requirements.

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