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I am pleased to announce that this week sees the launch of a new campaign to increase the uptake of our landlord licensing scheme.

I have seen how rogue landlords make local tenants’ lives a misery and can cause a whole host of social problems in our area, including antisocial behaviour from overcrowded properties or overflowing bins.

The new campaign will get more landlords licensed with the council and, at the same time, it will drive up standards in the private-rented sector to ensure that Brent landlords do not rent out overcrowded or substandard accommodation.

Let this be a warning to rogue landlords that they need to act now or risk prosecution and an unlimited fine.

You can apply for a licence online, or if you suspect that someone is renting out an unlicensed property in Brent, you can report them anonymously by emailing prslicensing@brent.gov.uk or calling 020 8937 2384/5.

As April is now upon us, and with the elections for the Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly members on Thursday 5 May, I wanted to remind everyone to register to vote.

I also wanted to remind everyone how easy it is to register to vote by post. Previously the rules meant that voters could only apply for a postal vote at any individual election when they had a good reason - such as being away for work on election day, or having a medical reason approved by a doctor.

Now however, the election rules allow anyone to apply for a postal vote on an ongoing basis much more easily, without having to give an explanation. Registering to vote by post makes voting much easier for people who find it harder to get out and about, or who lead such busy lives that they might find it hard to visit a polling station on election day.

Get your application back to us by 5pm on Tuesday 19 April so that you can vote by post for the new Mayor of London and Greater London Assembly members on 5 May.

For residents who live in Kilburn, you may already be aware that there will be a by-election in Kilburn ward, to elect a new Brent Council representative as well on 5 May 2016, following the sad death of Cllr Tayo Oladapo.

If you need help or have any questions you can email us at electoral.services@brent.gov.uk or call 020 8937 1372.

Now that the days are longer and spring is in the air, you may be looking for something to do over the Easter holidays.

Take a look at the list of events in our libraries and the civic centre, as well as some local community run events, including making treasure books as part at our family learning sessions; or get fit for the summer at one of our outdoor instructor-led gym sessions.

Councillor Muhammed Butt

Leader of Brent Council

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