Property licensing for landlords and letting agents

There are 3 property licensing schemes in H&F. Read the descriptions below to find out which one you need.

Mandatory HMO licences

You will need a mandatory house in multiple occupation (HMO) licence for your rented property if:

  • 5 or more people live there
  • in 2 or more households
  • and share amenities such as a kitchen, toilet or bathroom

You will also need planning permission for change of use from dwelling house to HMO, if there are 7 or more people living in the HMO. You must apply for planning permission separately from applying for an HMO licence.

Find out more about use classes and change.

In 2017, the council introduced two discretionary property licensing schemes.  

Additional HMO licensing

You will need an Additional house in multiple occupation (HMO) Licence if you are a landlord of a rented house or flat if:

  • 3 or 4 people live there
  • in 2 or more households
  • and share amenities such as a kitchen, toilet or bathroom

Additional HMO Licensing is designed to improve standards of property management and living conditions in HMOs

Selective licensing

You will need a Selective Licence if you are a landlord of any house or flat you rent to a tenant or tenants in 128 specified streets in the borough.  Selective Licensing is designed to improve conditions in parts of the borough where the levels of antisocial behaviour, rubbish nuisance and noise problems arising from rented accommodation were above average.  You can see the 128 specified streets here streets with selective licensing

If you have any queries or need help please see frequently asked questions or contact us

020 8753 1703
phs@lbhf.gov.uk

Apply for a licence

Applications for a property licence can only be made online.

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

To find out more, visit frequently asked questions about mandatory, additional and selective licensing

Licence fee

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.

Standards

HMOs must meet the following minimum standards for amenities and the way they are managed and the licence conditions.

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.

The council amended and simplified the standards and conditions in April 2020.

Register of licences

Download an extract of the register:

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 phs@lbhf.gov.uk. 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.