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Does the property you rent require the landlord to hold a licence?

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The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is standing up for the safety and wellbeing of London’s private renters by launching a new online tool to help them discover if their landlord has properly licensed their home. Some tenants could be owed thousands of pounds in rent repayments if their landlord has failed to obtain the correct licence.

Property licensing is an important tool that boroughs can use to enforce decent standards in the private rented sector, and for landlords to demonstrate that their property is suitable for occupation and managed to an acceptable standard.

If the landlord does not hold the correct property licence, they may be subject to enforcement action from the local council, but the implications for renters are also significant: Section 21 ‘no fault’ eviction notices are invalidated and they may be entitled to a Rent Repayment Order requiring a landlord to pay back up to 12 months’ rent. The current average rent in London is around £1,425 per month, meaning a year’s worth of repaid rent would come to more than £17,000.

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