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.
You will need a selective licence for your rented property if:
- the property is on a street with selective licensing
This is a discretionary scheme that the council has adopted to help to deal with the problems associated with HMOs that are not already covered by mandatory licensing.
You will need an additional licence for your rented property if:
- 3 or 4 people live there
- in 2 or more households
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
You will also need planning permission if there are 7 or more people living in your HMO.
Under planning rules, large HMOs are properties occupied by more than 6 unrelated individuals who share basic amenities such as a kitchen or bathroom facilities. They are classified as ‘sui generis’ (a use like no other) and always require planning permission. A change of use for your property will be needed from class C3 to sui generis.
You must apply for planning permission separately from applying for an HMO licence.
Find out more about use classes and change.
If you have any queries or need help please see frequently asked questions or contact us
020 8753 1703
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 554KB)
- 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:
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 email@example.com. 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.