Newnham considers licensing private landlords

by Daniel Jones

A consultation has been launched in the London borough of Newnham, which is aimed at improving standards in the private-rented sector.

Should the plans be approved, landlords in the area will have to receive a licence before they are able to establish a tenancy agreement with their tenant.

This will improve the amount of quality accommodation available to renters, while also ensuring that landlords are not undercut by unscrupulous operators in the market.

Newham mayor Sir Robin Wales commented: "We will never accept private sector tenants being directly exploited by landlords who force them to live in dangerous and unacceptable conditions."

He emphasised that the proposed scheme is exactly what is needed to tackle bad landlords who continue to flout the rules.

The initiative has also been welcomed by housing charity Shelter, which explained that renting is fast becoming the only option for many people who want to live in London.

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Published on: October 11, 2011

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