Our Patch March 2017 - Page 21

Our Patch march 2017
In all , 18,000 leaflets were distributed to properties , while registered letting agents and landlords were also notified .
Two types of licence come into force in July , selective and additional .
Selective licences apply to shared flats in more than 100 named streets in Hammersmith & Fulham where antisocial behaviour , noise , overcrowding , litter or the dumping of rubbish on non-collection days has proved to be a problem in the past .
Selective licences apply to all rented properties .
Each licence – which are physical documents – will cost the landlord
It is great news for the huge number of local renters who have more protection and can expect higher standards


including such things as fire doors , then there is a detailed follow-up full inspection during the five-year term .
The new set of standards was agreed by H & F Council in December last year in an effort to reduce the thousands of complaints received each year ; mainly about mould , damp , fire safety , excessive cold and rubbish being put out on the wrong day .
By addressing these issues , the new landlords ’ charter aims to raise the overall standard of rental properties in the borough .
The council believes that landlords who hold a licence will be in a better
Ealing £ 1,100 + £ 30 per habitable room . Selective licence flat rate £ 500 . Discount of £ 75 for members of LLAS / professional body .
Hounslow Both selective and mandatory licences are £ 1,069.36 with £ 75 discount for members of LLAS / professional body .
A new licensing system for landlords is designed to improve conditions for tenants
position to attract good tenants , and that renters will feel more confident about security of tenancies , property standards and fair treatment on deposits .
John Horton , founder of Horton and Garton , says : “ I firmly support the council ’ s efforts to raise the standards for all landlords across the borough .
“ It ’ s important landlords understand their responsibilities – and thankfully the majority are extremely responsible .
“ It ’ s also great news for the huge number of local renters who now have more protection and can expect higher standards from landlords .” A new social lettings agency will also be set up , putting would-be renters in touch with the best local landlords .
Last summer , a 12-week consultation exercise saw a majority in favour of the new measures . a total of £ 540 over five years . Every council in London is introducing new rules , but many are charging double the fee being levied on landlords by the Labour-run H & F Council .
There are still grey areas . The issue of flats and houses which use Airbnb to rent rooms to visitors for short spells is currently under the radar .
However , as the vast majority of H & F tenants are long-term this is not considered a major problem .
The council is trying to strike a balance between improving standards in the rental sector in one go ( rather than by regular tweaks ) while not risking increasing homelessness .
It believes that the new licences will create a level playing field for landlords , with no shortcuts being taken , or blind eyes being turned to sub-letting .
If landlords do not comply with the new system after July , enforcement action will be taken , ultimately resulting in prosecution .
All predictions suggest that the proportion of people renting in H & F will continue to rise in years to come .
As long as landlords have applied for licence registration by 5 July they will be deemed to be compliant with the new regulations . Any updates , changes or alterations to the timetable of licence introduction will be announced on the housing department pages on H & F Council ’ s website . For more details : wbhf . gov . uk / improvingprivaterenting