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Newham To Prosecute 134 Prs Landlords

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'The first council to bring in a borough-wide private rented sector licensing scheme is seeking to prosecute 134 landlords for breaches under the initiative. Newham Council in east London has revealed data about its enforcement of the scheme in its first year.

In addition to the impending prosecutions, the Labour-led council has also visited 1,997 unlicensed properties, sent out 5,078 warning letters and issued 82 cautions for first time offences. The highest fine so far has been £12,000 and the council has turned down licences for more than 100 properties. More than 30,000 applications for licences have been received since the scheme came into effect on 1 January last year.'

Must say that this sounds like an excellent idea even though I'm not normally a fan of govt intervention.I don't really mind regulators that actually regulate.

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The problem is that unless neighbouring councils follow suit and introduce similar regulations, Newham is simply shifting the problem elsewhere (same syndrome as with "zero tolerance" policing in a given police force's area).

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