An advertising van has been travelling across Brent to help the Council get a steer on the community's views on private landlord licensing. The 11 week consultation is around half way through and already more than 400 people have had their say on extending licensing for private landlords.
The consultation is open until 16 December and Brent Council would like to hear from tenants and landlords of privately rented accommodation, and anyone in the wider community, or in neighbouring Boroughs.
Views can be given online at www.brent.gov.uk/landlordlicensing or by requesting a paper copy, council officers are also touring the Borough at popular shopping destinations and community venues.
Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) are already required to have a licence, as are all privately rented homes in Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green. There is evidence poorly-managed privately rented properties are having a negative impact on some neighbourhoods. Anti-social behaviour, nuisance neighbours and accumulations of rubbish can be linked to the failure of private landlords to effectively manage their properties and tenancies.
The results of the consultation will be published and used in a report to Brent's Cabinet, which is likely to be discussed in February next year.
Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council, said:
"Everyone in Brent deserves a home that is safe, secure and comfortable. That's why the Council is beginning this consultation with residents - to listen to you about the ways we can make renting a home in our borough better.
Councillor Harbi Farah, Cabinet Member for Housing, added:
"Most of the private landlords in our borough do a good job, but we are working hard to make sure that all of Brent's landlords manage their properties well. As well as providing support and advice landlords on best practice, Brent Council is ready to take action on behalf of tenants who are being unfairly treated."