What is private rented
Licensing helps us to improve the
quality of private sector housing in terms of both physical
conditions and management standards.
Newham is the first borough in the country to license
all private rented property. The Mayor and Newham councillors
approved the pioneering scheme - covering an estimated 35,000
private tenancies (one in three of all the borough's households) -
Cabinet meeting on the 21 June 2012.
The Private Housing team will be conducting routine joint
operations in conjuction with the Metropolitan Police and other
agencies such as the HM Revenue and Customs across the borough,
identifying and targetting unlicensed properties for legal action.
The scheme aims to achieve 100% licensing compliance by 2017 so the
council can be confident that all properties will have proper
management standards in place providing assurance for both tenants
and residents. The main thrust of the joint operations, targeting
non-compliant landlords, is to stamp out the crime and anti-social
behaviour associated with the sub-standard management of rental
Got a question about property licensing?
See our property licensing FAQs (Word doc.)
Types of licensing
The Housing Act 2004 provides for three types of Licensing within
the private rented sector:
Apply for a rented property licence
You can now apply for a rented property licence online via My
Register and apply here.
How to report an unlicensed property
If you feel a property should be licensed you can report an
unlicensed property to us by completing our online reporting
Report an unlicensed property
Private Rented Property Licensing service standards Feb 2013
Private Rented Property Licensing service standards Feb 2013 (Word
If you need to contact us for advice or information about private
rented property licensing, please use the following:
- Email -
- Post - Private Housing & Environmental
Health, Newham Dockside, Third Floor West Wing, London, E16
- Telephone - 020 3373 1950