Property licensing consultation

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 and we anticipate feedback on their decision in around November 2022. There will be further publicity circulated on the outcome of this decision. The current scheme expires at the end of February 2023.