Slough's landlords are being warned that time is running out for them to renew their licences - putting them at risk of a fine of £30,000.

Slough has more than the national average of rental accommodation. In the Central and Chalvey wards 50 per cent of all homes are privately rented accommodation.

Every landlord of a house in multiple occupation (HMO) in the borough - around 3000 properties - needs the new licence.

The aim of the new licensing system brought in by Slough Borough Council is to improve the standards of the thousands of houses and bedsits, people’s homes, and make tenants safe. Landlords have until October 1 to get one.

Landlords have to provide evidence their property is safe and has a valid gas safe certificate. They will also be required to provide contact details so tenants can get problems fixed and for neighbours to address any concerns with the house in their neighbourhood.

Cllr Mohammed Nazir, cabinet member for housing and community safety, said: “Landlords have had months to log on to this system and apply for a licence they are required to have by law.

“We are committed to making sure all landlords who are required to have a licence so tenants live in good quality and safe accommodation get one - otherwise we will be seeking them out and prosecuting.

“This is not a money making scheme for the council. The fees are being ring fenced for the sole purpose of bringing up standards of properties in Slough.

“This is about making accommodation in Slough habitable for sometimes the most vulnerable members of society.”

In the Additional Licence scheme each HMO property of up to six rooms will attract a £450 licence. There will be an additional charge of £30 per extra room after the initial six.

Licences can be applied for here