The RLA has responded to a consultation by Barking and Dagenham Council, on plans to renew its selective licensing in some areas of the borough.
The Council is proposing that landlords in some areas of the borough pay £900 for a licence in order rent out their property lawfully.
The areas that this would affect are the wards of Abbey, Alibon, Becontree, Chadwell Heath, Eastbrook, Eastbury, Gascoigne, Goresbrook, Heath, Longbridge, Mayesbrook, Parsloes, River, Thames, Valence, Village and Whalebone.
The RLA’s response to this consultation
High licensing fee
The RLA has raised concerns about the high proposed cost of a licence that landlords would be expected to pay, in order to rent out their property lawfully.
The Council is proposing that landlords pay £900 to obtain a licence, a cost which the RLA believes will ‘alienate’ law abiding landlords.
In its consultation response, which you can read here , the RLA has raised a number of issues with Barking and Dagenham’s selective licensing proposal, in particular around fees, taxation reform and welfare.
Use existing enforcement powers
In the response, we also say that the Council should use existing enforcement powers that are already granted to them by the Housing and Planning Act 2016. This includes banning orders and civil penalties.
In addition, the Council has access to the Controlling Migration Fund, which allows local authorities to tackle local service pressures associated with any recently increased migration, which includes tackling rogue landlords and driving up standards.