Private landlords are responsible for ensuring they have appropriate licences for their properties if applicable.
Currently only landlords who rent houses in multiple occupation (HMO) need a licence.
Read more about Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs).
An HMO Licence is required for a property if all of the following apply:
Operating a licensable HMO without a licence is an offence which can be dealt with by a financial penalty or a conviction in court.
From 1 October 2018, mandatory licensing is no longer limited to HMOs that are three or more storeys high, but includes buildings with one or two storeys.
The current fee structure for an HMO licence was introduced by the Council on 22 June 2017. You can read the full background report to the decision to set these fees.
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Licences will be granted if the:
To apply for a licence complete our HMO licensing application form (pdf, 417 KB).
Return details are included on the form.
We maintain a register of licensed HMOs in the borough.
The Council does not provide the names and addresses of licence holders in electronic format in the HMO Register. This would contravene a data protection principle in that to do so would be unfair and excessive given the potential for ease of access by a large number of people.
If you wish to inspect the register and be provided with a hard copy, contact the Residential Environmental Health Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please notify us using our online form if you think a property should have an HMO licence but is not on this list.
Telephone: 020 8487 5123
Updated: 18 March 2019