Improving private rented housing

The private rented sector in Hammersmith & Fulham is the sixth largest in London, and eighth biggest in the country. It makes up nearly a third of all borough households (according to the 2011 census), a 10% rise since 2001. The 2021 census is expected to show a further increase in the number of privately rented flats and houses in the borough.

To help improve the sector, the council has a Landlords’ Charter, with discounted licence fees for landlords who sign up, or who belong to the London Landlords’ Accreditation Scheme or a recognised landlords’ association.

In 2017 the council introduced two licensing schemes, requiring landlords to apply to the council for a licence. Both expire in June 2022. 

  • One is an additional licence for houses and flats in shared occupation (HMOs) for any lets outside the standard arrangement
  • The other is a selective licence covering rented homes in 128 named streets, to reduce antisocial behaviour in areas where it’s seen to be a problem

The aim is to improve property management standards, and living conditions for tenants, by refreshing those schemes in keeping with Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s aims and guidelines. 

Improving private sector housing: Consultation May 2021

We’re consulting now (May to July 2021) about the future of licensing in the private rental sector from June 2022, so we can focus our resources where they’re most needed.

May 2021 consultation.

Improving private rented housing 2017-22

In July 2016, we consulted you about our plans for making life better for people who rent their homes in Hammersmith & Fulham. We received over 2,000 responses. In summary, the majority were in favour of introducing five measures.

July 2016 consultation.