Thurrock Council approves additional licensing of shared houses and flats
Thurrock Council has approved plans for additional licensing of HMOs in specific parts of the borough, which will affect private landlords letting to three or four tenants from more than one household.
Landlords will have to comply with national health and safety standards as well as the local requirements before they can be licensed for five years. The council confirmed that their decision was informed by the 11-week consultation targeted at landlords, tenants, letting agents and businesses.
The Cabinet confirmed that the additional licensing will take effect from 1 May 2019 and would cover the areas highlighted on the map.
The council revealed that, “73% of respondents strongly supported the introduction of the scheme; 83% felt it would help poor performing HMO landlords raise their standards and 82% believed it would improve health and safety for tenants.”
Councillor Barry Johnson who holds the housing portfolio noted that “the majority of landlords do act responsibly, but there are a small minority who fail to provide good quality living conditions and protect both their tenants and those living near shared homes from anti-social behaviour. This new scheme will benefit these residents, as well as the wider community."
What you need to do:
Further information about additional licensing will be released on the council’s website in February. If you are in one of the areas that will be affected by additional licensing it is important that you apply for a licence before 1 May 2019.
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