Property licensing for landlords and letting agents
Licensing of houses and flats in multiple occupation (HMOs) and in Selective Licensing Streets
The following types of houses and flats require a licence:
Mandatory licensing - HMOs occupied by five or more people in at least two households - is no longer limited to HMOs that are three or more storeys high (since 1 October 2018)
The following two licensing schemes began on 5 June 2017
Additional licensing - HMOs occupied by three or four people in at least two households
Selective - any property let to tenants a which is not an HMO but is in the one of the designated selective licensing streets
If you have any queries or need help please see frequently asked questions or contact us
020 8753 1703
Do I need a licence?
|Q1. How many people live at your privately rented property?|
|2 or fewer, go to Q3||3 or more, go to Q2|
|Q2. How many households live at the property?|
|1, go to Q3||2 or more, go to Q4|
Q3. If the property is in one of the streets on the list, you will need a 'selective' licence from 5 June 2017
|Q4. How many people live at your privately rented property?|
|4 or fewer, go to Q5||5 or more, go to Q6|
|Q5. You will need an 'additional' licence from 5 June 2017|
|Q6. You will need a mandatory HMO licence|
Apply for a licence
Applications for a property licence can only be made online.
The type of licence you need will be determined by the answers you give on the application form
Mandatory, additional and selective licensing FAQs
To find out more, visit frequently asked questions about mandatory, additional and selective licensing.
If the property requires a Mandatory HMO Licence, the fee depends on the number of bedrooms. In 2020/21 the fee is £1,215 for a 5 bedroom HMO plus £13.10 for each additional bedroom
For an Additional HMO or Selective Licence the fee is £555
There is a discount of £80 if you are a member of an accredited landlord body such as the National and Residential Landlords’ Associations or London Landlord Accreditation Scheme or a discount of £50 if you have signed up to the landlord rental charter as part of the application process. Only one discount is applied per licence
The licence fee is in two parts - Part 1 – to cover the costs of processing the application; and Part 2 – to cover the costs of managing and enforcing the scheme. For Mandatory HMO licences the split of fees is Part 1 25% and Part 2 75%; for Additional HMO and Selective Licences the split of fees is 50/50%. If an application is processed but the licence is not granted, the Part 2 fee can be refunded to the applicant.
HMOs must meet the following minimum standards for amenities and the way they are managed and the licence conditions.
- H&F Standards and Guidance for HMOs April 2020 (pdf 663KB)
- H&F Property Licensing Conditions HMOs April 2020 (pdf 180KB)
Houses and flats in Selective Licensing streets must meet the following minimum standards for the way they are managed, used and occupied and the licence conditions.
- H&F Standards and Guidance for Houses and Flats in Selective Licensing Streets April 2020 (pdf 379KB)
- H&F Property Licensing Conditions Selective Licensing April 2020 (pdf 168KB)
The council amended and simplified the standards and conditions in April 2020.
Register of licences
Download an extract of the register:
- H&F HMO Register of Mandatory Licences (xls 57KB)
- H&F HMO Register of Additional Licences (xls 156KB)
If you wish to arrange a viewing of the full register or to request certified copies of it as per your right to do so under the Housing Act 2004, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The required fee for a copy of the register is £54, although there is no charge made to view the register, providing no attempt is made to copy it.