A dozen landlords in Waltham Forest, north east London, have been prosecuted and fined a total of £60,000 after failing to obtain a licence, as part of the borough's compulsory rental property licensing scheme.
Court action was taken following a crackdown by Waltham Forest council, which led to 12 prosecutions of landlords who have failed to obtain a licence, with some ordered to pay fines of in excess of £10,000.
The council launched its Private Rented Property Licensing scheme (PRPL) in March 2015, in a bid to improve local housing standards and reduce anti-social behaviour.
Under the terms of the initiative, landlords with homes in the borough are also required to have a separate licence for each property they let out.
Cabinet member for housing, Cllr Khevyn Limbajee, said: â€œLandlords have now had ample time to apply for their licence, so there is simply no excuse to not have one in place by now.
â€œAny landlord who thinks they can avoid it needs to think again, as they could soon receive a visit from us and end up in court.
â€œWe are determined to ensure that every privately rented property in the borough obtains a licence.â€
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