The London Borough of Bexley is keen to work with residents, landlords and agents to implement a new licensing scheme for the borough.
London is growing fast and as the demand for housing far exceeds the supply, Bexley is actively working to manage the rapid increase in the number of smaller residential properties in the borough being converted into houses in multiple occupation or HMOs.
The Council is planning a new local licensing scheme designed to support tenants, landlords and residents.
The licensing options planned for Bexley would take the form of an 'additional' licensing scheme for smaller HMOs as well as possible 'selective' licensing of privately rented accommodation in a defined area.
The introduction of a licensing scheme will require the condition of a property to comply with specific standards relating to fire safety, provision of amenities as well as space standards.
The licence holder will also be required to be deemed suitable by the local authority.
The scheme would also specify how the landlord should deal with notifications of anti-social behaviour.