Newham

Types of licences

There are three types of private rented property licences.

​Mandatory house in multiple occupation licence

Apply for a mandatory (HMO) licence if you are a landlord of a house in multiple occupation that is three or more storeys, shared by five or more people living in two or more households.

If you wish to operate a house as an HMO, it must have the correct class of planning use. You may need to apply for planning permission to change it from C3 (dwelling house) to C4 (house in multiple occupation).

There is no guarantee that your planning application will be approved, but if you rent out your property you must have a property licence. If you are refused planning permission for an HMO we cannot refund your licensing fee.

How do I work out how many storeys there are?

When counting the number of storeys in the building you need to include:
  • basements and attics if they are occupied or have been converted for occupation by residents
  • any storeys which are occupied by you and your family if you are a resident landlord
  • all the storeys in residential occupation, even if they are self-contained
    any business premises or storage space on the ground floor or any upper floor.

What is a household?

'Households' for the purposes of the Housing Act 2004 includes members of the same family living together who are:
  • couples married to each other or living together as husband and wife (or in an equivalent relationship in the case of persons of the same sex)
  • relatives living together, including parents, grandparents, children (and step-children), grandchildren, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces or cousins
  • half-relatives who are treated as full relatives
  • a foster child living with his foster parent is treated as living in the same household as his foster parent.
 
 

Selective licence

Apply for a selective licence if you are a landlord of a property that is rented by a single family household or shared by two unrelated tenants.

Selective licensing zones

Selective licensing zones were introduced to deal with problems of poor property management and anti-social behaviour (ASB) found within Newham.
 
All privately rented properties within a selective licensing zone must be licensed, regardless of their occupation and size. Landlords without a licence may be prosecuted and may no longer be able to operate their business.
 
 

Additional licence

Apply for an additional licence if you operate a house in multiple occupation that is shared by three of more tenants living in two or more households. This excludes  houses in multiple occupation that require a mandatory licence.
If you wish to operate a house as an HMO, it must have the correct class of planning use. You may need to apply for planning permission to change it from C3 (dwelling house) to C4 (house in multiple occupation).

There is no guarantee that your planning application will be approved, but if you rent out your property you must have a property licence. If you are refused planning permission for an HMO we cannot refund your licensing fee.

 
 

Naming an area for selective and additional licensing

We have published a public notice (PDF) to tell people which areas of Newham are affected by selective and additional licensing.


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    London Borough of Newham
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