05 Oct 2022

Just in case you thought that the government was moving away from allowing Local Authorities to have massive licensing schemes, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has now approved one of the largest selective licensing schemes.

Ealing Council’s plan to introduce a new private rented property licensing scheme across most of the borough. 

Although the scheme was approved by the council’s cabinet earlier this year, its size and scope meant that government approval was also required. 

The new scheme equates to more than 50% of the overall size of the borough and nearly half of all privately rented homes in Ealing.

This is in addition to an Additional Licensing Scheme for small HMOs that covers every single 3 or 4 person HMO/shared house in the entire Borough.

Safe, secure and decent homes 

 You can view the map showing the area covered and look up the postcodes here.

***WARNING to Landlords*** By all means look at the map, however of course if you enter your property’s address into the council system you’ve just given them the heads up it might be a property needing licensing so youre strongly advised against doing so!

With the proportion of the borough’s homes in the private rented sector increasing by 65% in the last 10 years, the council has committed to ensuring that private renters have access to safe, secure and decent homes. Albeit that there is no independent evidence that licensing schemes actually achieve this.

Landlords are urged to submit applications from 3 January – 3 April to take advantage of a 25% discount on the licence fee, in addition to further reductions for accredited landlords.  

“Greater security for landlords and tenants alike”

Councillor Shital Manro, Ealing Council’s cabinet member for good growth (whatever that means) said: “The current cost of living crisis means that supporting our most vulnerable residents has never been more important. Although the overwhelming majority of landlords in Ealing are decent, law-abiding people, private rented property licensing offers us a means of tackling the minority who aren’t.

“This is our largest and most ambitious property licensing scheme to date, and it demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting landlords while taking a strong approach to tackling poor property conditions. It will foster greater security for landlords and tenants alike in this vital housing sector.”

How taxing the “overwhelming majority of decent law abiding landlords” (Councillor Manro’s own words)  and consequently increasing rents for all tenants helps to find and correct the small percentage of real rogue landlords makes any sense is one of the wonders of the modern world. But these councillors all trot out the same nonsense courtesy of their PR and departments and money-grabbing revenue collectors.

You can find out more about private rented property licensing schemes in Ealing by visiting www.ealing.gov.uk/prslicensing.

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