Rented property licensing

Licence Fees and Charges

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

Applicants who apply for a property with one family or household, or 2 unrelated people

£750
All applicants will be required to pay Part A £400 and Part B £350 for up to a five-year licence

Additional licence

Applicants who apply for a property that is shared by three to four tenants living in two or more households

£1250
All applicants will be required to pay Part A £400 and Part B £850 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.

To apply for a newly private rented property licence, send us an email propertylicensing@newham.gov.uk to register your interest and details of the address to be licensed. We will then get in touch to discuss your case.

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

*LB Newham Nightly Paid Temporary Accommodation (Selective Licence)

Applicants who are making an application for a rented property that has been registered and approved for LB Newham Nightly Paid Temporary Accommodation (licences applied for before or after the start date of the licensing scheme.

£400

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

*Multi-dwelling Selective Property Licence fee

For a Licence Holder where there are multiple flats within the same block, ownership and management control.

First Property - All applicants will be required to pay Part A £400 and Part B £350 for up to a five-year licence

Second property onwards - All applicants will be required to pay Part A £350 and Part B £350 for up to a five-year licence

Fee Notes (New or Renewal)

A multi-dwelling Selective Property Licence discount can be considered after your first licence where the following conditions are met:

  • A Selective Licence application per self-contained dwelling within a Part 3 House is duly made online to the Local Authority on the same date
  • Each of the dwellings are separate dwellings (usually self-contained flats), which are contiguous to one another in the same building ‘house’; and
  • The whole ‘house’ and each of the dwellings within it are occupied under non “exempt tenancies”; and
  • The whole ‘house’ and each of the dwellings are all within common ownership and management control.

All Multi-dwelling Selective Property Licence applicant will be required to pay the standard rate for the first application and discounted fee for each dwelling application thereafter.

The Council recognises that where the same applicant seeks licences in respect of more than one dwelling in the same building, there will be some efficiencies in respect of the necessary checks that are required to be carried out in relation to the building, the proposed licence holder and any other interested parties. As a result, the Council will offer a discount on the Part A element of the licence fee for eligible properties where the applications are applied for at the same time.

To apply for a Multi-dwelling Selective Property licence for flats within the same block, ownership and management control, send us an email propertylicensing@newham.gov.uk to register your interest and details of the addresses to be licensed. We will then get in touch to discuss your case.

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.

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

Recognised Accredited Organisations and Warmer Homes Discounts

A Selective Licence costs £750, for up to 5 years. However, there are discounts available for a Licence Holder who is a certified member of a landlord accreditation organisation and has a warmer home rated EPC of A+, A, B or C could reduce the online application fee down to £650 for the licence.

The discounts available for being a certified member of a landlord accreditation organisation and having a warmer home (EPC of A+, A, B or C to qualify) will be applied to applications online prior to payment being made.

Both offered discounts are only eligible to Licence Holders who are accredited.  Managing Agents who are accredited but are not the Licence Holder are not eligible to this discount when making an application on the Licence Holders behalf. Certification or confirmation of the Licence Holders membership is required to be uploaded at the point of application submission.

List of LBN currently recognised accredited organisations:

  • London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS)
  • National Residential Landlord Association (NRLA)
  • British Landlords Association (BLA)
  • Safeagent
  • Propertymark
  • 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.

A valid EPC rating certificate/registration will be required (EPC of A+, A, B or C to qualify). Certification is required to be uploaded at the point of application submission.

Discounts or required documentation cannot be considered once the application has been successfully submitted and payment made.

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

Applicable 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.