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Rogue landlord raids

Yesterday (Thursday 21 January) Waltham Forest Council launched a campaign of enforcement that saw over 30 Council officers and a team of police visit hundreds of properties in the south of the borough.


The remit of the day was to uncover rogue landlords shirking their responsibility to obtain a licence and maintain appropriate conditions for their tenants. The day revealed some residents in the borough living in dangerous conditions, overcrowding and illegal activity.


Since the introduction of the Council’s Private Rented Property Licensing scheme last year, the Council has been working hard to ensure that landlords understand the need to obtain a licence. The scheme requires all properties that are privately rented in the borough to be licenced, with a separate licence required for each and every property.


“So far we have issued 15,000 licences and are processing a further 2,000 applications, which shows that decent, responsible landlords understand the need to sign up,” explained Councillor Khevyn Limbajee, Cabinet Member for Housing.


“This recent operation should be a warning to all those rogue landlords refusing to obtain a licence and abide by the licence conditions that we are enforcing. Be under no illusions, this is the first of many such enforcement days.


“We are launching a coordinated campaign to crack down hard on rogue landlords  and so if you have not obtained a licence or are refusing to ensure your tenants are housed in appropriate conditions, you should expect the Council to be knocking on your door very soon.”


During the operation that ran for 12 hours from 7am through to the evening, almost 800 properties were visited, 350 doors were answered to officers and 32 unlicensed properties were discovered. Of the 40 landlords, 13 had been contacted by the Council previously and warned to obtain a licence and they will now have their cases taken forward for prosecution.


Today (Friday 22 January) the Council learned that it had secured £225,000 of government funding following a successful bid to further support work in this area. To apply for your licence go to www.walthamforest.gov.uk/prpl. As well as a link to the forms, there is also detail of the ‘required information’ and other details available.


Waltham Forest Council is a flagship borough for improving conditions in the private rented sector and reducing anti-social behaviour through its Landlord Licensing Scheme. 




PHOTO: Council officers visited hundreds of properties in Leyton as part of a day of action attended by Council Leader Chris Robbins (right) and Cabinet Member for Housing Councillor Khevyn Limbajee (left).

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