Over the last few years Croydon has seen a dramatic growth in the number of homes rented privately across the borough, and there are well over 30,000 now. In Addiscombe over 1 in 5 homes are now rented out privately. As a result we have seen an increase in the number of complaints about the upkeep of these properties, especially those owned by absent landlords, who are happy to take the rent from their tenants, but are not willing to keep the home in a safe condition or in good appearance. This can have a detrimental effect on the look of our streets.
To tackle this, Croydon Council is one of the few councils in England that have a private rented property licence scheme, which means that it is a legal requirement for all Landlords to register their homes with Croydon Council. This came into effect in October 2015. Through the application process, the council will determine whether the Landlord is a “fit and proper” person to manage their properties. Landlords renting a property without a licence face fines of up to £20,000. While those that fail to comply with licence conditions can be prosecuted and fined up to £5,000.
If you have a concern about a property in your street which is not being managed correctly, you can check using the link below, and this will bring you the Council’s Landlord Licensing webpage. Using this link you can check online to see if a neighbouring property is registered with the Council’s licensing scheme, and if it is not, it will allow you to report it online to the Council.