Rented property licensing

Apply for a property licence

You must have a licence for every home you rent out privately in Newham. If you don't, you could face a financial penalty notice of up to £30,000 or an unlimited fine from the court.

Before you apply

Check which type of licence you 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.

If your property does not have a licence and you are taking steps which mean it will not need a licence, you can apply for a temporary exemption.

When you apply

You will need to have various information relating to the property to hand before completing the application form including the following:

Section 1

Property details

Current property use and occupation numbers

Section 2

Property interested party information 

Details of all interested parties such as managing agents, mortgage companies, leaseholders, proposed licence holders and any other relevant parties

Section 3

Property management & Fit and proper declaration

Details of property management arrangements including details of any unspent convictions

Section 4

Health & safety  

Details of fire safety installations and health and safety arrangements

Section 5

Property Information:



a) Property dimensions 

Sizes and locations of all rooms within the property including bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms and dining rooms in square metres


b) Bathroom facilities

Location and number of sinks, toilets and baths/showers


c) Kitchen facilities

Location and number of hobs, ovens, fridge/freezers and sinks


d) Fire alarms

Location of fire alarms

For further details on what happens once you have made a successful application please visit our ‘What happens next’ section.