Property licensing helps define standards for tenants and landlords alike on the quality of the private rented sector.
Licensing helps us to tackle poor property conditions, deprivation, anti-social behaviour and poor management of properties by some landlords. Whether you are a private tenant, landlord, local resident or business, we want your views on property licensing, as the current scheme expires in 2023.
The property licensing consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who responded.
View the consultation documents
The Council considered this report and a decision was made on 22 June 2022. The additional HMO licensing scheme and selective scheme were approved by Cabinet on 22 June 2022.
Read the Cabinet Report
M.E.L Research prepared the consultation report.
View a copy of the M.E.L consultation report.
Additional HMO licensing update (where let to three or more people, consisting of two or more households, sharing facilities)
The additional HMO licensing scheme designation notice application was confirmed and signed off on 16 September 2022. The date of the new additional HMO designation is 1 January 2023.
View the additional HMO licensing scheme designation notice.
The Council will be accepting additional HMO licence renewal applications from the 1 October 2022. Apply for a property licence – Rented property licensing – Newham Council.
A landlord or manager who fails to obtain a licence can either be prosecuted and receive an unlimited fine and conviction; or receive a civil (financial) penalty notice of up to £30,000 per offence.
Selective Licensing update (where let to one household (a single-family property) or two unrelated occupiers)
After Cabinet approval, a selective licensing confirmation application was made on 25 July to the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities. The Designation has now been approved on housing conditions, significant and persistent anti-social behaviour and high levels of deprivation. The date the new Selective designation scheme starts is 1 June 2023.
View the Selective Licensing scheme designation notice (PDF)
View the confirmation letter for Selective Licensing Scheme from Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities
Map showing location of the excluded two wards (black striped diagonal lines) and the unshaded areas and red boundary line showing the 22 included wards.
LB Newham Selective Licensing Map (PDF)
Larger text version of Selective Licensing Designation Notice No.1 2023 (without Annex B notes)
Annex B notes for Selective Licensing Designation Notice No.1 2023
The Council will be accepting Selective licence applications from the 1st June 2023. Landlords and managing agents in control of Selective licences will be contacted following the current designation expiry in February 2023 with further information on how to apply for a Selective Licence for the new designation scheme.