Private rented property licensing

You must have a licence for every home you rent out privately in Newham.  If you don't, you could face a fine of up to £20,000.

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Apply for a property licence

Before you apply

Check which type of licence your should apply for. There are several types of property licence: mandatory, selective and additional.

You must also make sure you know which type of application you should make. There are four types of application: new, renewal, variation and revocation. 

Apply for a licence

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.

Apply for a licence

After you have applied

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.

Comment on a draft licence or revocation notice

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
Tel: 0207 446 7700
Fax: 0207 637 1250


Property licensing fees and charges

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

Unlicensed properties

If you do not licence your 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 you, and be ordered to repay up to 12 months rent to us or your tenants. 

Report an unlicensed property

If you suspect a private rented property within the borough to be unlicensed, you can tell us using our online form.
Report an unlicensed property
We may use this information to help our investigation work.

Property Licensing Register

By law we have to keep a register of:
  • licensed properties
  • temporary exemption notices issued (relating to property licensing)
  • management orders.

Search the Property Licensing Register

You can find out if a property is licensed on the Property Licensing Register. Select 'Licences', then search for the property address.

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Contact us

  • Property Licensing
    London Borough of Newham
    Newham Dockside
    1000 Dockside Road
    E16 2QU

    020 3373 1950

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