Council to seek government approval for landlord licensing after scheme approved by cabinet

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council

Redbridge Town Hall. Picture: Redbridge Council - Credit: Archant

Landlord licences look set to become mandatory in Redbridge after plans to introduce the controversial scheme were approved by cabinet members last night (Tuesday).

In a meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, the council’s portfolio holders approved proposals to bring in a borough-wide licensing scheme.

Landlords have claimed the new legislation would increase rents, but the council wants to crack down on rogue landlords, poor quality accommodation and beds in sheds.

The authority now has to apply to the Secretary of State to approve its selective licensing scheme and, if approved, it would be put in place early next year.

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