NEW COUNCIL proposals are on its way in a bid to tackle down criminals landlords and anti-social behaviour. Under the scheme the landlords are expected to be helpful towards their tenants with any enquiries they may have, keeping the house well secured and maintained and making sure they’re tenants are happy living there. If they fail to follow the standards on their licence then the council will take enforcement action.
The consultation starts on Monday 11 December and will run until Monday 5 March 2018 and the council want to hear the views of landlords and private tenants in the borough. There will be public drop-in sessions in January and February and people will be able to respond to an online questionnaire.
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Haringey Council Cabinet Member for the Environment said:
“Demand for housing in the borough is at an all-time high and we want to ensure all residents, regardless of income, live in decent and secure homes. We know many private tenants live in sub-standard, damp and overcrowded properties and we also receive complaints about dumped rubbish, loud noise and other anti-social behaviour carried out in private rented properties that are not properly managed.”
“Our proposals aim to drive up standards among landlords, improve housing conditions for tenants and make our communities better and safer places for everyone.”
The plans would see private sector landlords pay a licensing fee for each property they rent out. The fees will cover the cost of the scheme and allow the council to employ staff to check the condition of private rented properties in the borough.