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Monday, January 05, 2015

Brent Councils Mandatory Licensing Scheme

From the start of 2015 all private rented properties in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green will require a licence.

Brent Council are charging owners of any privately-rented property in the borough £340 for the five-year selective licence, or £540 for Houses in Multiple Occupation (see a full list of Brent Council landlord licence fees).

The licence charge is per property

Find out if you require a landlord licence from Brent council by entering the postcode and number of rooms on their website.

Landlords and letting agents who fail to get a licence will face an additional £300 levy and possible prosecution with a maximum fine of £20,000.

Cllr Margaret McLennan, Brent Council’s lead member for housing, said: 

“Licensing private sector landlords will help drive up standards in the private sector and is part of our aim to create more good, affordable housing for local people and a thriving economy.

“We want to work with good landlords and drive out the minority of bad landlords.

“Reputable landlords will benefit from the changes as having a license will show tenants and prospective tenants that their properties are of a good standard.”

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