Laura Sharman 22 January 2020

Approval given for council's landlord licensing scheme

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A large-scale selective licensing scheme in Waltham Forest has been approved by the Government.

The five-year scheme will apply to all private rented properties in 18 out of 20 of the borough's wards.

It will enable the council to intervene to raise housing standards and reduce anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Louise Mitchell, the council's cabinet member for housing and homelessness prevention, said: 'Our selective licensing scheme is an important tool for us as we work to ensure all private rental tenants in Waltham Forest have a decent roof over their head.

'I’m very pleased that the MHCLG have approved our proposal to operate the scheme in 18 out of our 20 wards over the next five years.'

Last week, the Government rejected Liverpool's application to continue with its landlord licensing scheme.

Neil Merrick explores how councils are using licensing scheme to tackle rogue landlords.

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