Newham’s Landlord Licensing Scheme approved for an unprecedented third 5-year term

Newham’s Selective Licensing scheme has been approved by the Secretary of State for Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities for an unprecedented third 5-year term, making Newham Council at the forefront of championing renters rights.  Coming into force from the 1st June 2023, once the existing scheme ends, the Council’s selective licensing scheme safeguards and improves housing standards for tenants.

The scheme will operate in 22 out of 24 wards in the borough, with two areas excluded which are Stratford Olympic Park and Royal Victoria wards.

Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz said:

“I’m delighted that the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities has granted Newham Council an unprecedented third 5-year term. It’s a testament to our commitment to always champion the interests of our residents and renters rights. No residents in Newham should live in substandard properties managed by unscrupulous landlords”.

Newham Council’s Selective licensing scheme will require compulsory licences for all private rented properties in the designated area to tackle poor property conditions, high levels of deprivation and antisocial behaviour. Protecting private renters and ensuring they live in safe and warm homes is a key component of the scheme and the Council demands that landlords take maximum responsibility for maintaining effective and appropriate management of their properties. Those who fail to comply will face enforcement action. The scheme allows Newham Council to make sure licensed rented homes meet certain conditions, that they are safe, well managed and that the landlord is a ‘fit and proper person.’