Published: Monday, 24th July 2023

We are exploring the possibility of introducing measures to ensure private rented properties across Medway are up to a high standard. 

At our Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 11 July, councillors agreed for work to be carried out to assess if there is a need for selective or additional licensing for homes in the private rented sector in Medway. 

The Housing Act 2004 gives local authorities powers to tackle poor property conditions in the private rented sector. This includes different types of landlord licensing schemes, such as licensing for houses of multiple occupancy (HMOs) and selective licensing which enables councils to address a range of issues including anti-social behaviour, poor housing quality and deprivation. 
Cllr Naushabah Khan, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Property, said: “This is a really positive step towards addressing some of the challenges residents are facing with private rented properties. We want everyone in Medway to be able to live in properties which are maintained to a high standard. We also recognise the challenges that landlords face and part of these new measures, if introduced, would include advice for landlords.”
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