Housing supply is a key priority in Brent according to Leader of the Council - Cllr Muhammed Butt, who spoke at Brent's Private Landlord Forum on 29 June and outlined his ambition to work closely with landlords in the borough to deliver our housing strategy.
Cllr Butt began his speech by outlining the achievements the council has had with regards to housing, including:
- on 1 January 2015, Brent introduced borough wide HMO property licensing
- Brent has the third highest number of landlords who are accredited to the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme
- in 2015-16, the Grants and Empty Property Team worked with landlords to bring over 100 empty housing units back into use
- Brent are one of the selected boroughs awarded DCLG funding to tackle rogue landlords and poor conditions in the private rented sector
- in 2014-15, Brent delivered 1560 new homes, including 707 affordable homes.
Cllr Butt then spoke about our priority to continue increasing supply and to work closely with landlords in the borough to deliver the Council's housing strategy.
There was over 350 people in attendance, including landlords, landlord associations, investors, developers, first time buyers and others, bringing together a wide range of property professionals and experts. The Private Landlord Forum looks after the collective interests of landlords and tenants, promotes good practice and provides an opportunity for networking and lively debate.
There were presentations throughout the evening including an update on licensing, how to tackle poor housing conditions, 'Beds in sheds and Illegal Flat Conversions', planning policy, new government housing legislation and taxation changes affecting landlords.
Leader of the Council, Cllr Muhammed Butt, said:
"Brent residents across a wide spectrum of incomes and household types need decent and affordable housing. We are therefore keen to encourage investment in new and existing housing and to make the best use of the available stock.
"Housing Zones in Wembley and Alperton have the capacity to support the greatest growth moving forward, with over 20,000 new homes in total and specific interventions to accelerate delivery of over 5,000 new homes by 2025. This represents a significant contribution to London-wide targets.
"We want to work in partnership with landlords and others to deliver our housing strategy, while using the tools available to us to raise standards and drive out rogue elements."