Haringey expands licensing scheme to improve ERCs

Haringey Council has introduced a selective licensing scheme, meaning landlords who let their properties in the east of the borough to a single family or two unrelated sharers will now be required to obtain a licence from the council.

This scheme sits on top of the existing borough-wide licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMO).

The council said the scheme would help them identify properties with the worst energy efficiency ratings and provide landlords with the relevant support and education to adapt their properties and effectively measure their carbon emissions.

Councillor Dana Carlin, cabinet member for house services, Private Renters and Planning, said: “With over 40% of the borough renting from a private landlord, we want to ensure all our residents live in warm and safe homes.

“The selective licensing scheme will enable us to work with landlords to improve the quality of the housing stock in the private rented sector and support our private renters.

“We will take action to ensure that all private rented properties in the designated area are licensed and comply with relevant conditions.”

Haringey charges a fee £600 per property, split into £350 for administration costs and £250 for enforcement.

However those who apply for an ‘early bird’ selective licencing application get a discount, paying £350 per property instead of £600.

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