Newham

Private rented property licensing

You must have a licence for every home you rent out privately in Newham. 

House with a 'To let' sign

Types of property licence

There are several types of property licence: mandatory, selective and additional.

 
 

Property licensing fees and charges

Our fees cover the costs of running the property licensing scheme.
 
 

Apply for a property licence

Types of property licence application

There are four types of application: new, renewal, variation and revocation. 
 

Licence holder

Usually the person who is in control of the property (the person who receives the rent) makes the application and is the licence holder. This could be the owner or landlord, however it could also be a manager employed by the owner.

You must apply for one licence per property. You cannot transfer a licence to another person.
 
 

Failure to licence a property

It is now against the law for any landlord to rent out a property in Newham without a licence. We work with the Metropolitan Police and other agencies across Newham to find unlicensed properties and take legal action.
 
If you are found guilty you could face a fine of up to £20,000. You could also have control of your unlicensed properties taken away from them, and be ordered to repay up to 12 months rent to us or your tenants. 
 
 

Granting and approving a property licence

Once you have made your application tacit consent does not apply. This means that you do not automatically have a licence. We must process and approve your application before you are granted a licence.

We will tell you and any other interested parties whether we plan to grant or refuse a licence within eight weeks of receiving your application.

This will be followed by a 21 day consultation period which gives you and all interested parties the chance to ask questions, challenge our decision or make comments.

We will give you the notice that grant or refuses a licence, as well as a copy of the licence at the end of this consultation period.
 
 

Appealing the decision to refuse a property licence

If you do not agree with the license decision or the terms of your licence, you can appeal to a Residential Property Tribunal (RPT). You will have 28 days from the date on which the decision was made.
 
You should write to:
 
Residential Property
10 Alfred Place
LONDON
WC1E 7LR
Tel: 0207 446 7700
Fax: 0207 637 1250
 
 

Reporting unlicensed properties

 
 

Property Licensing Register

By law we have to keep a register of:
  • licensed properties
  • Temporary Exemption Notices issued (relating to property licensing)
  • Management Orders.
 
 

Service standards

We want to give you the best service by answering your queries quickly and explaining our decisions.
Find out more about our service standards
 
 

Make a complaint

If you want to complain about the service you have received you should follow our complaints procedure.
 
 

Contact the Property Licensing Team

Email: propertylicensing@newham.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 3373 1950
 
Property Licensing
London Borough of Newham
Newham Dockside
1000 Dockside Road
E16 2QU
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  • Property Licensing
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    London
    E16 2QU

    020 3373 1950

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