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Residents invited to have their say on new licensing scheme for rented properties

PUBLISHED: 11:16 17 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:16 17 November 2016

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The scheme is designed to drive up standards and protect tenants, landlords and the local community

Residents are being encouraged to have their say on a new local licensing scheme designed to support tenants, landlords and residents.

The proposals involve an additional licensing scheme for all smaller Houses of Multiple Occupations (HMOs) as well as possible ‘selective licensing’ of all privately rented accommodation in areas where there is evidence of a higher number of incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Brad Smith, cabinet member for adult services, said: “This is a big change and we would like anyone that may be affected to find out more and take part in this important consultation.

“By extending licensing powers, we hope to drive up standards and protect tenants, landlords and the local community while helping the council to regulate these properties better.

“If it’s accepted, this scheme will bring us into line with a number of other councils who already have it in place and have seen the difference it makes.”

Consultation also recently took place on changes to local planning powers that would see an Article 4 Direction in the borough.

If introduced, this will bring smaller HMOs under the same planning enforcement rules as larger properties.

The local licensing scheme consultation ends on January 24, 2017.

For more information, or to take part, visit www.bexley.gov.uk/rentitrightconsultation

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