Improving private rented housing

What we're doing to improve things for private sector tenants and landlords.

The private rented sector in Hammersmith & Fulham is the sixth largest in London, and eighth biggest in the country. It makes up about one third of all borough households.

To help improve the sector, the council has licensing schemes for landlords and 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.

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

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

Improving private rented housing: 2022-27

In May 2021 we consulted you about the future of licensing in the private rental sector from June 2022.

May 2021 consultation

On the 6 December 2021 we approved the renewal of the additional HMO licensing scheme and a revised selective licensing scheme from the 5 June 2022.

Read more about the 2022-27 schemes here: New discretionary licensing schemes approved

Private rented sector draft policy consultation

The private rented sector (PRS) has grown significantly in recent years to become the largest type of housing in the borough, surpassing homeownership and social housing. We are currently reviewing what more the council can do to ensure the private rented sector continues to provide safe, sustainable, and affordable housing solutions for everyone.

We have therefore developed a new draft policy for the PRS. In this draft policy, H&F is proposing a vision and five key priority themes which we believe will help improve the PRS.

Summary of the draft private rented sector policy statement for H&F

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