As part of its drive to make Croydon a better place to rent, Croydon Labour has designated the borough a private rented property licence area.
This means that owners of every privately rented home in the borough must apply to the council for a Croydon private rented property licence. This became a legal requirement from 1 October 2015.
Through the application process, the council will determine that the proposed licence holder is a “fit and proper” person to manage their properties.
Landlords renting a property without a licence face fines of up to £20,000, while those that fail to comply with licence conditions can be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000.
Deputy Leader of the Council for Housing, Planning and Development Cllr Alison Butler had this to say on A Better Place to Rent;
“Private rented accommodation has a vital part to play in providing housing in the borough. Sadly, while we have many excellent landlords, there are some who rent out accommodation that is not fit to live in and who fail to manage their properties. This not only causes distress to the tenants but can affect the lives of all residents living in an area.
I have spoken to many tenants who fear reporting their poor housing conditions as they feel they risk losing their homes. Similarly, I have spoken to many residents, up and down our borough, who say their lives are blighted by poorly kept rented accommodation on their streets.
If we want to create a Croydon where we all live in decent homes and our children grow up in good communities and environments, then action needs to be taken. This is why we have introduced a Landlords’ Licensing Scheme to drive up standards in our borough and make it a better place for all.”
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