Ealing Council proposes changes to the Private Rented Sector affecting many people

Ealing is one of the largest boroughs in London with more than 137,000 residential properties, out of which around 36,000 are in the privately rented sector.

The private rented sector in Ealing has an important role in meeting housing needs in the borough and Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) form an integral part of the housing supply in Ealing.

Ealing Council currently has a mandatory scheme in place for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs). 

HMOs are houses or flats occupied by different households and include shared accommodation, bedsits and certain blocks of flats. 

HMOs refer to residential properties where ‘common areas’ exist and are shared by more than one household.

Common areas may be as significant as bathrooms and kitchens, but may also be just stairs and landings. HMOs may be divided up into self-contained flats (bed sits). 

However, with the proposed changes it seems that a rented property with more than one household, i.e. 3 shares, could in principle become in Ealing Council's view an HMO.

Ealing Council are now consulting on whether to introduce extended licensing in the Private Rented Sector, and are proposing 2 schemes.

The first scheme will apply to 2-storey properties and flats in HMOs not already subject to mandatory licensing and this would apply across the whole borough. This is known as an additional licensing scheme.

The second scheme would apply to all privately rented properties in 5 designated areas:

  • Central Acton
  • East Acton
  • South Acton
  • Southall Broadway
  • Southall Green.

The Council states that "whilst most privately rented properties are in good condition and well managed it is the rouge landlords with poorly managed properties and operating outside of the law" they wish to tackle.

The Council is looking to address these rogue landlords in order to improve the overall standard of these privately rented properties.

You can visit www.ealing.gov.uk/prslicensing where there is more information available online together with a questionnaire and you will have the opportunity to voice your opinion on these proposals as the council are looking for both landlords, tenants and residents views on these proposals and want to hear their views.

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