There are good landlords in Newham and we want to work with them. Good landlords have nothing to fear from this scheme.
(PRWEB UK) 26 June 2013
Licence applications from 30,000 private landlords have been submitted to Newham Council. Established as part of a pioneering campaign to further improve housing circumstances within the borough, since 1st January 2013, the council has undertaken a total of 750 enforcement visits, issued 1,200 warning letters as well as handed out 50 cautions – with 30 prosecutions carried out since the beginning of the scheme.
CEO of Total Landlord Insurance, Eddie Hooker, said: “We support any initiative that helps to better standards within the landlord industry. As the first council in England and Wales to carry out this type of proposal to license all private rented accommodation, we hope that others can lead from this example in a bid to implement improvements within the rental sector throughout the UK.”
Any private landlords failing to comply with the regulations will instantly commit an offence – and face possible fines of up to £20,000 per property. To date, the council has undergone comprehensive consultations with private sector tenants, landlords, residents, letting companies as well as stakeholders – with 74 per cent of residents as well as 76 per cent of private tenants backing the initiative.
Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, said: “It is clear from our consultation that our residents, including tenants in private sector homes, massively back our plans. We want to ensure that private sector rented properties are well managed and meet a good standard.
“There are good landlords in Newham and we want to work with them. Good landlords have nothing to fear from this scheme. For the bad ones, this is a clear message they must clean up their act – or pay the price. One bad house can drag down a whole street. We are doing this for the community.”
It is vital that as a landlord responsibilities should be adhered to, which is why Newham Council’s scheme will hopefully influence landlords to cover themselves with the relevant protection. Total Landlord property insurance for landlords provides appropriate coverage, ensuring against damage whilst offering full cover between tenancies.