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Prepare to apply for your Landlord Licence

In anticipation of the Private Rented Property Licensing scheme coming into effect, Waltham Forest Council has begun communicating with borough landlords to alert them to their duty to be prepared to complete their applications.


All properties that are privately rented in the borough need to be licenced and a separate licence is required for each and every property. The online application form will be available from 16 March, with an Early Bird period running for three months.


“It means that landlords who complete their applications before 16 June will be able to take advantage of a 50 per cent discount on the licence fee,” explained Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing. “The reduced rate of £250 for five years works out at 96p a week.”


“I was adamant that we needed to get the IT right so that landlords can easily login and enter the details of the property or properties they rent. Because landlords need to have a licence for each and every property, there are obviously challenges in making sure the system is as user-friendly as possible.”


The licensing system will mean the borough’s private landlords will have to meet conditions such as obtaining references for new tenants before allowing them to rent their home and dealing with complaints of anti-social behaviour or criminal activity in the property.


“A strong link has been identified between levels of antisocial behaviour and homes that are rented out privately,” explained Cllr Limbajee. “However, we know we have got a lot of decent, responsible landlords in the borough who are very supportive of this scheme and understand the need to tackle antisocial behaviour”


The Council is encouraging all borough landlords to apply for their licences when the system goes live from 16 March and in the meantime to prepare for submitting their application by visiting www.walthamforest.gov.uk/prpl. There they will find details of the ‘required information’ listed along with a host of other information. Landlords should keep an eye on the site for updates about the scheme. 


The only way to apply for a licence will be online and those missing out on the Early Bird offer will have to pay the full cost of £500 for every licence they require. Landlords found without a licence after 16 June will be subject to enforcement action that could result in prosecution and a fine. Once in possession of a licence, landlords must take the responsibility to comply with all of the conditions of the licence, or again they could be subject to a fine.


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