Dawn crackdown on unlicensed houses in multiple occupation

15 March 2019

Enforcement officers continued their crackdown on unlicensed houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) during a dawn raid in Wembley yesterday (14 March).


The Council's licensing enforcement team raided a private rental property in Harrowdene Road, Wembley, following a tip-off that the home was unlicensed.


Officers discovered that the ground-floor, three-bedroom flat was being illegally sublet and that a room being used as a bedroom immediately off the kitchen was creating a fire escape hazard.


Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "It's the law that houses in multiple occupation require a licence in Brent. Landlords and agents who fail to licence their properties could face hefty fines. Our aim is to protect residents by enforcing against substandard and dangerous living conditions."


Brent's enforcement team carries out unannounced visits on suspected unlicensed HMOs every week. Their raids result in rogue landlords, agents and subletters being slammed with unlimited fines through prosecutions and civil penalty notices of up to £30,000.


If you are a Brent landlord who lets out shared accommodation, you can apply for a licence online at www.brent.gov.uk/prslicensing


If you suspect that someone is renting out an unlicensed property in Brent, please report them anonymously at www.brent.gov.uk/reportaproperty