Property licensing for landlords and letting agents

Do you rent a property in Hammersmith & Fulham? If you do, you may need a licence.

To improve private renting, we're expanding the range of properties that must have a licence. A licence requires you to meet certain standards to keep your property safe and in good condition for you and your tenants.

Since June 5 2017, applications for a property licence can only be made online. We no longer offer paper property licence application forms. You can apply for a licence using the apply button below.

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

List of streets in Hammersmith & Fulham subject to selective licensing.

Q4. How many storeys does the property have?
1 or 2, go to Q6 3 or more, go to Q5
Q5. How many people live at your privately rented property?
4 or fewer, go to Q6 5 or more, go to Q7
Q6. You will need an 'additional' licence from 5 June 2017
Q7. You will need a mandatory HMO licence

Mandatory licensing – This scheme covers houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) with three or more storeys and are occupied by five or more people with at least two households. This is regulated under the Housing Act 2004 and has been in force since 2006.

Due to the high volume of property licensing applications we have received the deadline for submitting your application has been extended to 30 January 2018. Remember, it is illegal to operate a licensable property without making a complete property licence application.

The following two licensing changes began on Monday 5 June 2017

Additional licensing requires landlords and letting agents across the borough who let a property, of any number of storeys, 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.  

Selective licensing  requires landlords letting a property that does not meet the criteria for mandatory or additional licensing, and is in the designated selective licensing area, to get a licence.

Apply for a licence

Apply for a property licence

The type of licence you need will be determined by the answers you give on the application form.

Mandatory, additional and selective licensing FAQs

Visit our frequently asked questions web page to find out more about mandatory, additional and selective licensing.

Or if you prefer, download the Mandatory, additional and selective licensing FAQs (pdf)

Licence fee

If the property is a 'mandatory HMO', the fee depends on the number of habitable rooms and whether any discounts may apply. For an average-sized property in Hammersmith & Fulham, a five-year licence will cost about £1,400.

An additional or selective five-year licence costs £540.

There is a discount of £50 if you have signed up to the landlord rental charter. You can sign up to this as part of the application process.

There's a £75 discount if you are a member of an accredited landlord body such as the NLA, RLA or LLAS.

Only one discount is applied per licence.

These fees are a legitimate business expense and therefore tax deductible.

Standards

Any licensed property must meet the following standards and conditions including fire safety, room sizes and managing refuse. Our standards our set out in the document linked below.

Register of licences

We keep a register of all licences that we've granted, as well as all temporary exemption notices we've made. The register is available for inspection at our office. If you'd like to see the register, please make an appointment by emailing: phs@lbhf.gov.uk

You can download an extract of the register here:

Some sources of information licensing

The Housing Act 2004 and the various statutory instruments are public documents and are available online at the website of the Office of Public Sector Information.

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