What is private rented property licensing?
Newham is the first authority in the country to introduce borough-wide private rented property licensing.
We have set up a private rented property licensing scheme to stamp out the crime and anti-social behaviour associated with the poor management of rental properties.
The scheme was agreed by the Mayor and councillors at a cabinet meeting on 21 June 2012
We work with the Metropolitan Police and other agencies across Newham, to identify unlicensed properties and carry out legal action.
How to apply for a licence
Usually the person who is in control of the property (owner, landlord or managing agent who receives the rent) makes the application and is the licence holder.
You must apply for one licence per property. You cannot transfer a licence to another person.
What property licence should I apply for?
There are several types of property licence.
What type of application should I make?
There are four types of application you can make - new, renewal, variation and revocation.
How much does it cost?
Our fees and charges are only cover our costs of starting and running the property licensing schemes.
What would happen if I didn't licence my property?
It is now against the law for any landlord to let a property in Newham without having made a licence application.
If you are found guilty the maximum fine is £20,000. Landlords can also have control of their unlicensed properties taken away from them, and be liable to repay up to 12 months rent to us or their tenants.
Do I have implied (tacit) approval before my application is actually approved?
No. It is in the public interest that we must accept and process your application before a licence can be granted.
A notice of intention to grant or refuse a licence will be issued within eight weeks to all interested parties for consultation.
The notice granting or refusing a licence, as well as a copy of the licence will be issued following the end of this consultation period. This can depend on the number of representations or comments received.
What can I do if I am to refused a licence and want to appeal?
If you do not agree with the license decision or the terms of your licence, you can appeal to a Residential Property Tribunal (RPT) within 28 days beginning on the date on which the decision was made at:
Residential Property Tribunal Service
10 Alfred Place
Tel: 0207 446 7700
Fax: 0207 637 1250
Speak to the officer dealing with your case in the first instance or seek legal advice.
Reporting unlicensed properties
Property Licensing Register
We have a legal duty to keep a register of the following:
- licensed properties
- Temporary Exemption Notices issued (relating to property licensing)
- Management Orders.
What if I have a complaint?
If you want to complain about the service you have received you can contact either:
We are determined to provide our clients with the best service standards with scheduled and quick response times and clear reasons why we have made a decision.
London Borough of Newham
1000 Dockside Road