Landlord licence investigation prompts action

Published: 30 January 2020

Landlords and tenants have been in contact with the council after an early morning investigation into the safety of 10 rented properties without landlord licences.

In the week since the dawn operation 23 applications have been made by landlords for a licence on their properties in the borough.

Tenants concerned their rented homes were not licenced have also come forward to request information from the housing regulation department after reading about the investigation.

The owner and the agent of the homes investigated have also made contact with the housing regulation department.

Officers from Slough Borough Council knocked on the doors of the 10 properties simultaneously at 5am to examine the living conditions in the houses on Alexandra Road, Chalvey, on Wednesday 22 January, as the landlord had not obtained any licences.

A landlord licence has been a legal requirement since new legislation came into effect on 1 June, 2019, for all HMOs in the borough and all rental properties in a selective area covering parts of Chalvey.

Gas and electrical issues were discovered in the unlicensed homes and serious problems were rectified immediately before permanent remedies were advised to the landlord.

During the investigation two properties were found to be undeclared houses in multiple occupation (HMO) and another had issue with design of a kitchen in an enclosed space.

Rhian Richards, Housing Regluation Manager, said: “We have issued all the paperwork we needed to in relation to the emergency works carried out at the properties in Alexandra Road and are currently carrying out further investigations.”

If any tenant in a rented property in Slough is concerned their home doesn’t have a landlord licence they should contact the housing regulation team on 01753 475111 option 3 or email privatesectorhousing1@slough.gov.uk

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Landlord Licensing
Slough Borough Council instituted landlord licensing from 1 June 2019 after extensive consultation to tackle poor quality rented accommodation in the borough.

In the Additional Licence scheme each HMO property of up to six rooms will attract a £450 licence. There will be an additional charge of £30 per extra room after the initial six.

Applications for the Selective Licensing Scheme, for all rental properties within a designated area, will be subject to a charge of just £200.

Each property in both schemes is subject to an additional enforcement fee of £300 per property.

All licences last for five years.

Tenants whose landlord does not have a licence when they should, are legally entitled to claim back any rent paid from 1 June 2019 until the licence is granted.

Licences can be applied for here http://www.slough.gov.uk/business/licences-and-permits/property-licensing.aspx and there is a map online which shows which roads are included in the selective licensing scheme.