Pupils from Cardinal Pole Catholic School in Homerton today urged renters in Hackney to have their say on the Council’s latest measures to tackle rogue landlords, with just five days left to take part in its property licensing consultation.
Representatives from the school council and Hackney Citzens - the Hackneybranch of Citizens UK - met with the Hackney Mayor, Philip Glanville, and Mayoral Advisor for Affordability and Private Renting, Cllr Sem Moema, to discuss the proposals, which would require private landlords to have a licence to let out homes in Hackney’s hazard hotspots. In May the pupils helped deliver a petition calling for such a licensing scheme in Hackney after the school council highlighted the difficulties faced by private renters as one of the biggest issues affecting families in Hackney - writes hackney.gov.uk.
The Council has since launched its Better Renting campaign to support Hackney’s 30,000 private renters, including becoming the first local authority to introduce a voluntary letting fee ban and implementing a package of penalties against rogue landlords with fines of up to £30,000.
And the latest proposals under consultation would meanlandlords in parts of Stoke Newington and Clapton – where 20% of tenants face critical problems like dangerous boilers, exposed wiring or vermin infestations – would require a Council licence committing them to ensuring their property is of a good standard before letting it out or renewing a tenancy.
Landlords letting Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – homes with two or more households and shared facilities such as kitchens, bathrooms and toilets – anywhere in the borough would also require a licence.