Rented property licensing

Licence Fees and Charges

Licences will last for 5 years unless the Council has concerns about the management, use, condition, or occupation of the property, in which case the Council may grant a licence for a shorter period.

Application Fees

Licence fees will be taken in two parts.

  • Part A will be taken upon application and will cover the cost to process and the administration to determine the application. The application fee is non-refundable, regardless of whether the application is successful.
  • Part B will be taken once the Council has determined to grant a licence and will cover the administration, management, and enforcement of the licensing functions for the scheme. 

You are not obligated to make payment of Part B in advance of Part A however we are willing to comply with requests for this. Should you proceed with this option and your licence is subsequently refused, you will be entitled to a refund for the Part B payment.

Any Property Licensing Application forms received without payment (or where incorrect or deficient information is supplied) will not constitute a valid application.

Failure by a landlord to pay the part B fee will result in the application being refused and the fee for Part A being retained by the council.

Selective and additional licence applications (New or Renewal)

Type of licence
 

New application fee
 

Selective licence

£750

Additional licence

£1250
All applicants will be required to pay Part A £400 and Part B £850 for up to a five-year licence

Additional Licence (Early Bird) 

Applicants who apply before the start date of the licensing scheme 01.01.2023 for a House in Multiple Occupation

£800

All applicants will be required to pay Part A £250 and Part B £550 for up to a five-year licence

*Property Licence discount for a Licence Holder who is a member of a recognised accredited landlord association
    
£50
*Property Licence discount for a Licence Holder who is a member of a recognised accredited landlord association and making an application for a rented property with an EPC rating of C or higher £50

Newly private rented properties
We offer a discounted fee of £400 for selective licences and £800 for additional HMO licences for a rented property that has not been previously lived in by PRS tenants with an EPC rating of C or higher.
 

Selective: All applicants will be required to pay Part A £250 and Part B £150 for up to a five-year licence

Additional: All applicants will be required to pay Part A £250 and Part B £550 for up to a five-year licence

The Council will be accepting additional HMO licence (early bird) renewal applications from the 1 October 2022.

To apply for a discount for a warmer home or landlord accreditation please email propertylicensing@newham.gov.uk with the required certification. We recommend that you contact us prior to application to discuss your eligibility, as discounts cannot be considered once the application has been successfully submitted and payment made.

In order to claim a discount, we require the following applicable information from the proposed Licence Holder:

  • Full address of the property to be licensed
  • Landlord Accreditation Membership Certificate of the licence holder
  • Energy Performance Certificate Rated C or higher
  • Confirmation the property is vacant 
  • The date of the intended occupancy of the property 
  • Enquiry reference number of the application commenced for the property.

Fee Notes (New or Renewal)

A valid EPC rating certificate/registration will be required (EPC of A+, A, B or C qualify).

List of LBN currently recognised accredited organisations: London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS), National Residential Landlord Association (NRLA), British Landlords Association (BLA), Safeagent, Propertymark and UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA). This list will be updated on the Newham website and we will consider further organisations providing a similar level of accredited training and landlord support.

No discounts with * apply when a failure to licence warning letter has been sent as enforcement costs have already been incurred by the service.  

Mandatory licence applications

Number of rooms

New application fee

Renewal fee

Up to 5 lettings
 

£1050

£1050

6 to 9 lettings

£1,200

£1,200

10 to 14 lettings

£1,350

£1,350

15 to 19 lettings

£1,500

£1,500

20 lettings and above

£1,650

£1,650

Miscellaneous Licensing Actions and applicable fees

Fees you must pay if you make a change to your licence.

Miscellaneous Licensing Actions

Applicaple Fee

Change of a licence holder

The fee for changing the licence holder is the same as the full fee for the licence.
 

New licence fee


Licences are not transferable in accordance to the Housing act part 2 and 3. If a person wants to become the new licence holder for a property, they must apply for a new licence, and pay a new licence fee.

 

Death of a Licence Holder

If notification is received within 6 months of the death of a licence holder, then the licence can be applied for by the next of kin or person in control of the inherited property and the licence will be valid for the remainder of the original licence term.

Free

Change of address details of any existing licence holder, manager, owner, mortgagor, freeholder, leaseholder etc. Free
Change of mortgagor, owner, freeholder, and leaseholder (unless they are also the licence holder or manager) Free
Variation of licence instigated by the council    

Free

Reduction in the number of maximum occupiers and/or households for licensing purposes     Free
Change of manager (unless they are also the licence holder)    
 
Free

Change of manager if they are also the licence holder

New Licence Fee

Licence Holder requests a Revocation of licence

Free

Application to licence following revocation of licence

New Licence Fee
Paper application administration cost (application fee also required) £100
Application refused by the council     Part A Licence fee with no refund 

Part B Licence fee will be refunded to the applicant if this has been paid
Licence revoked by the Council    

Part A & B Licence fee with no refund

Application withdrawn by the applicant prior to the issuing of the Property licence and Part B Licence fee being taken

Part A Licence fee with no refund

Application made in error e.g., duplicate, exempt property

 A refund of any licence fees paid will be made

Properties that cease to be licensable during the licensing process (prior to the Property Licence being granted)

Part A Licence fee with no refund. 

Part B Licence fee will be refunded to the applicant if this has been taken
Reprinting of lost licence (electronic version)

£12

You are refused planning permission for an Additional or Mandatory HMO licence following the issuing of the property licence Part A & B Licence fee with no refund
Change to licence type - single dwelling is re-let as a House in Multiple Occupation
 
All applicants will be required to pay £800. Part A £250 and Part B £550 for up to a five-year licence

Change to licence type - House in Multiple Occupation is re-let as a single dwelling (the licence will be valid for the remainder of the original licence term)

£150

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.

Our licence fees are not connected to the length of a licence.  If you wish to revoke your licence before it expires, we cannot give you a refund for any unused time.