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 in a bid to ensure that legal standards are met in all private rented homes, Enfield Council is currently consulting on extending property licensing.
The Council wants to introduce Additional Licensing for all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) across the borough. The proposed scheme defines an HMO as a house or flat shared by three or more people who are not all members of the same family.
Further, Enfield Council proposes introduction of Selective Licensing for all rented homes in the council Wards of Bowes, Chase Edmonton Green, Enfield Highway, Enfield Lock, Haselbury, Jubilee, Lower Edmonton, Palmers Green, Ponders End, Southbury, Southgate Green, Turkey Street and Upper Edmonton.
There’s more information about the proposed licensing schemes on the council website. It’s the longest and least user-friendly invitation to submit a response to consultation ever seen by Renters’ Rights London. But don’t let that deter you! If you agree that property licensing will help to drive up standards to at least the legal minimum in privately rented homes, ensuring sufficient space per person, facilities for waste disposal, and safety standards, please support Enfield Council and submit a response to the consultation before 29 November 2019.
2. A second proposed scheme is for Additional Licensing for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) which will apply to the whole borough.
The consultation closes at midnight on 29 November 2019.
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.