How many private renters are there in Enfield?
There are 83,900 private renters in Enfield according to the Office for National Statistics (2015)
If renting is so bad, why don’t private renters just buy a house?
In Enfield, the average house costs 11.87 times the average salary, so home ownership remains far out of reach for very many people.
Looks like we’re stuck in the private rented sector then. What’s it going to cost?
The average prices in Enfield when renting privately are :
Room in a shared house: £550
One bedroom flat: £950
Two bedroom flat: £1,250
Three bedrooms: £1,500
Four bedroom house: £1,950
That’s a lot. I guess a lot of private renters have to claim housing benefit to stay alive, then?
Yes, 18,525 private renters in Enfield have to claim housing benefit to contribute towards their rent. That’s the highest figure anywhere in London.
And does housing benefit cover it?
Not quite. This often means that private tenants have to make other sacrifices just to be able to live. The amount of Local Housing Allowance you can receive depends on whereabouts in Enfield you live:
Shared Accommodation Rate: £392.78
One Bedroom Rate: £865.15
Two Bedrooms Rate: £1,106.47
Three Bedrooms Rate: £1,365.52
Four Bedrooms Rate: £1,684.15
Can I talk to someone at the council about problems with my private landlord?
If you’re having problems with disrepair, you should telephone the Housing Enforcement team 020 8379 1000, from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 5pm.
The team can take action against landlords who leave your home in a state of disrepair.
The council also offers advice on what to do if your landlord asks you to leave
Are there any Tenancy Relations Officers (TROs)?
No, but housing officers can help stop homelessness.
Do private landlords in have to get a licence?
All landlords in England and Wales need to license larger Houses in Multiple Occupation, but beyond that, Enfield Council does not operate additional licensing.
Enfield Council did plan to introduce selective and additional licensing schemes but their plans were scuppered when landlord, Mr Constantinos Regas, sought judicial review, back in 2014.
Does Enfield Council run a non-profit letting agency for private renters?
No. The council merely offers advice on where to find a property on the private rented market.
Is there any stand alone PRS Strategy in Enfield Council’s housing policy?
A small section in Enfield Council’s housing policy (2012-2027) is concerned whith PRS but the very conservative measures outlined are unlikely to have any great impact on the private rented sector in Enfield, unfortunately.
Is there a PRS forum run by the council where private renters can discuss ways of making private renting fairer?
No. Maybe some renters should get together and form one.
How many prosecutions against criminal landlords has Enfield Council made?
Enfield brought 12 prosecutions against 12 landlords and letting agents between 2015 and 2017. The enforcement team tells us that they are exasperated by the lengths that criminal landlords will go to to avoid detection. Still, there are more cases currently being pursued by the Council.
Who else should I talk to about making private renting in Enfield fairer?
A great place to start would be with the council’s cabinet member with reponsibility for duties to private tenants. In Enfield, he’s the member for Housing and Housing Regeneration: