Private rented property licence inspections

Housing

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​In order to ensure that all applicable properties are compliant with the private rented property licence (PRPL) scheme, Waltham Forest Council will carry out property audit and compliance inspections. Licensable properties are inspected to:

  • ensure that information provided in the application is correct
  • ensure that the PRPL licence conditions are met
  • ensure that the health, safety and welfare of the community are protected
  • help landlords maintain their property and properly correct any deficiencies that may exist
  • help reduce anti-social behaviour
  • help prevent neighbourhood blight and conditions that can result from lack of care
  • ensure that minimum housing standards for are met
  • promote council initiatives to landlords and tenants
  • educate landlords and tenants of acceptable private rented standards

The council will use a variety of sources to identify properties that fall within the PRPL scheme, including:

  • licensed properties database
  • tenant or landlord queries, complaints and reports
  • neighbour and community queries, complaints and reports 
  • referrals from council services, including education/ health/ police/ housing standards/ community safety/ planning
  • PRPL team investigations including reviews of Council Tax and housing
  • benefit records and property lettings sites

When a property is inspected to ensure compliance with the scheme the usual process will be:

  • inspection date and time arranged with tenant / occupier or landlord
  • inspector to be accompanied by an adult: either a tenant, property owner, or owner’s representative
  • inspection normally takes between 20 minutes and 1 hour
  • inspection carried out against, the application information, the licence conditions and the HHSRS property standards checklist
  • inspection report results shared with owner
  • properties presenting violations or discrepancies, may become subject to re-inspection 

In situations where the officer finds that the licence conditions are not being met, or that information provided with the application is incorrect, a number of options are available, including;

  • the licence holder may be asked to vary the information previously supplied
  • the landlord may be asked to carry out improvement works
  • we may refer the address to the council’s housing standards team where formal enforcement action might be required
  • prosecution for non-compliance with the licensing scheme