Tenants could face price hike as landlord scheme passes (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Waltham Forest Council will now decide how much they will charge landlords per rented property after a 'selective licensing' scheme was passed in the cabinet meeting
Tenants in Waltham Forest could be hit in the pocket next year according to landlords who now face an annual fee of up to £500 per property because of an ‘established link’ between anti-social behaviour and privately rented homes.
At a meeting of Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet yesterday, a borough-wide scheme was agreed to monitor landlords.
As of April next year landlords across the borough will be made to sign a register and pay a fee per let property as a part of the ‘selective licensing’ scheme.
It was voted in by half of the cabinet unanimously, the other four sat out - because they are landlords.
Outlining the plans for the five-year project, Khevyn Limbajee, portfolio holder for housing, told the cabinet the scheme is used in other boroughs to bring down the amount of anti-social behaviour such as fly-tipping.
For the full story see this week's Waltham Forest Guardian and Chingford Guardian, out on Thursday.
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