Rented property licensing

Types of licence

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 shared by five or more people living in two or more households.

Apply for a mandatory (HMO) 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.

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.

Apply for a selective licence 

Selective licence 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 to four tenants living in two or more households

Apply for an additional 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.

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
  • An unrelated single person is classed as one household.
  • An unrelated single person is classed as one household.