Residents, landlords, tenants and local businesses are being asked for their views on Bexley's proposal to introduce ‘Rent it Right’ discretionary property licensing schemes in the borough.
The schemes include a borough-wide additional licensing scheme for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) and selective licensing schemes for all private rented properties in four defined areas in the north of the borough: Thamesmead North, Abbey Wood/Lower Belvedere, Erith and Manor Road.
The consultation starts runs from 20 November 2017 until 31 January 2018.
Cabinet Member for Adult Services, Cllr Brad Smith said; "These schemes are likely to affect lots of people living and working in Bexley: whether they are residents living near houses in multiple occupation or privately rented houses, or tenants or landlords. The proposals are designed to help address the kind of anti-social behaviour that areas with high numbers of privately rented properties can sometimes see, as well as protecting tenants and driving up standards in the local rental market. Schemes like these are being introduced by local authorities across the country. We hope that our landlords will welcome the extra support the scheme will bring and that tenants can also see the possible advantages of renting from a licensed business.
"The consultation is available online and we also have two property licensing forums in January where anyone can come along and have their say. We need as many people as possible to take part in the survey and let us know what they think about the licensing plans. Please spread the word and pass details of this consultation to anyone who lives, works, rents or owns a property in Bexley."
Anyone interested in the scheme including residents, landlords, businesses and tenants can come along and find out more at our property licensing forums -
- 11 January 2018 - 1pm to 4pm at Belvedere Community Centre, Mitchell Close, Belvedere, DA17 6AA
- 17 January 2018 - 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Civic Offices, 2 Watling St, Bexleyheath DA6 7AT
The council will be hosting a series of roadshows around the Borough to promote the scheme.