All 257 private rented properties in the Little Ilford ward of Newham, London, have now been licensed.
The ward, which has been designated a Neighbourhood Improvement Zone, is seen as just the start by the council. It wants to extend the scheme to cover the whole of Newham. Consultation is currently under way.
In Little Ilford, the council is using the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation to tackle landlords who flout the conditions of their licences.
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This is the same Newham council which wanted to move 500 families to Stoke!
Newham Council press release about this story – Newham Council achieved the milestone earlier this month (May) in Little Ilford. That ward – which has been officially declared a Neighbourhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) – is seen as just the start by the council. It wants to extend the scheme to cover the whole of Newham. It would become the first borough in the country to license all private landlords. Consultation is currently underway.
Will this improve rental properties in the area?
What is their overall aim of the scheme?
Is a further burden of regulation needed in the private rented sector?