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Licensing Private Rented Housing to tackle ASB

Published Thursday, 02 January 2014

Residents in Enfield are being asked their views on a new scheme designed to tackle anti-social behaviour linked to private rented homes.

Enfield Council is considering whether to introduce the licensing of landlords across the borough, in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour. 

This can be made worse by private landlords who refuse to deal with complaints made against their tenants or other visitors to the property, or who do not effectively manage the rental property in terms of the external condition, the collection and management of rubbish and overcrowded conditions.

If the scheme is adopted in the borough, all landlords in an area affected by unacceptable levels of anti-social behaviour would be required to seek a licence before renting their property.

Landlords who failed to act responsibly in tackling anti-social behaviour caused by their tenants, could see their licence being removed by the council.

The council has consulted with landlords and resident’s associations and is now seeking the views of residents to see if they think anti social behaviour is a problem and if so what they think the best solution is.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet member for Housing, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, said: “We are consulting on whether to introduce licensing of private landlords in an effort to reduce anti-social behaviour and we want the views of residents.

“We have not made a decision on whether to proceed with the scheme or not, which is why it is important for as many people as possible to let us know what they think.

“We will consider all the evidence and the responses from residents and landlords before making a final decision on whether or not to proceed.  If having considered all the evidence we think this scheme will work, we will implement it.”

If adopted selective licensing could be in place as early as Autumn 2014

To take part in the consultation visit:  Consultation

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