Improving private rented housing 2017 -22

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

A third of H&F residents rent their homes privately. We want to do more to protect them from bad landlords – and to protect good landlords from badly-behaving tenants.

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. Based on this feedback, on 5 December the council formally agreed to introduce the following.

New standards for licensed rental properties to ensure tenants are safe and problems to neighbours such as rubbish are better managed. From January 2017 onwards anyone applying for a licence will need to meet the new standards.

Additional licensing will require landlords and letting agents across the borough who let a property occupied by at least three people, who do not make up a single household and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet, to get a licence. This will start on 5 June 2017.

Selective licensing will require all landlords letting a property on named streets (list attached), where anti-social behaviour has been a problem, to get a licence. This will also start on 5 June 2017.

Which streets are included?

See our explanatory notes for more information

A new landlords’ rental charter to encourage landlords to commit to best practice in management, housing standards, living rent, and security of tenancies. We expect this will attract tenants to choose H&F charter landlords over other landlords.

A new social lettings agency to put potential renters in touch with the best local landlords who meet all the higher standards expected.

See Property licensing for landlords and letting agents


On 13 December 2016, as required by law, we began designating the borough subject to additional licensing and selective licensing as set out in the legal documents linked below.

Public notice - H&F - designation of an area for additional licensing of HMOs(pdf) 
Public notice - H&F - designation of an area for selective licensing (pdf)
Public notice - H&F – revocation of designated areas for selective licensing (pdf)

If you have any questions please email


Consultation Results:

Consultation document (pdf 705KB)
Consultation flyer (pdf 280KB)
Coverage of consultation (pdf 2MB)
Neighbouring boroughs consultation results (pdf 87KB)
RLA response to consultation (pdf 92KB)
NLA response (pdf 394KB)
7a protected characteristics profiles - levels of support for proposals (pdf 273KB)
7b protected characteristics profiles impact of proposals (pdf 300KB)
7c protected characteristics profiles (pdf 258KB)
Consultation on improving private rented housing in Hammersmith & Fulham (pdf 1MB)
Consultation on proposals to improve the private rented sector 2016 (pdf 226KB)

Leader’s Urgency report - Revocation of Streets Under Selective Licensing 01 02 17

Cabinet report

Decision details

Agenda for the Economic Regeneration, Housing and the Arts Policy and Accountability Committee, 8 March 2016

Read the press release - H&F Council sets new standards to protect local renters from rogue landlords

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