Haringey reaches major landmark to improve housing conditions
Haringey Council have taken major steps to ensure housing conditions are improved by introducing a borough-wide additional HMO licensing scheme that has already exceeded 1,000 applications.
The scheme is proving to be a success across the borough and allows the council to clamp down hard on rogue landlords who may try to avoid licensing.
Regulations were updated to improve and protect private tenants from landlords who try to exploit them by letting overcrowded properties, often kept in poor condition.
As a result, since the scheme launched in May 2019, Haringey has already received more than 1,000 application forms from landlords requiring a licence to rent out their House in Multiple Occupation (HMO) and ensure they are operating in the correct manner.
Haringey council have started a targeted enforcement programme which will use council owned intelligence to identify property owners and letting agents who have failed to licence their premises.
The first phase of this enforcement programme has targeted 300 landlords who are believed to own unlicensed premises and 175 Letting agencies operating within Haringey borough.
The council has also just been awarded funding from the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government to target rogue landlords who rent out property in poor condition or which is unsafe and unlicensed with the Local Authority.
Councillor Emine Ibrahim, Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Renewal, said: “We are doing everything in our power to ensure landlords obtain the correct licence and are not exploiting their tenants.
“We are proud of our HMO licensing scheme and to reach 1,000 applications is encouraging, but this is just the start and we hope the great work that is being carried out by our housing team will continue to grow even stronger in 2020.”
If you rent out an HMO anywhere in Haringey it is a legal requirement for you to licence your property with the council. HMOs refer to residential properties which are shared by more than one household.
For more information on how you can do this please visit the following website for all the relevant information - https://www.haringey.gov.uk/housing/property-licensing