Property licences are compulsory for landlords and property managing agents
The Government has given approval for another 5 year selective licensing scheme which will commence 1 September 2019.
Our new system is now live. Landlords and managing agents can use the link below to apply for private rented property licences.
Please apply for a new licence, this is a new scheme and not a continuation of the previous scheme
Property licensing FAQs (PDF, 150KB)
Designation of area for selective licensing with map (PDF, 361 KB)
Landlords and/or property managing agents letting a property in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham must apply for a licence if they fall into one of the licensing criteria below.
Types of licence
- HMO (houses in multiple occupation) licence - compulsory for properties occupied by five or more persons living in two or more households
- Selective licence - compulsory for all let residential accommodation that is not an Additional or Mandatory HMO
- HMO (houses in multiple occupation) licences
- HMO licence fees
- Selective licences
- Selective licence fees
- Selective and Additional HMO registers
- Temporary exemptions public register
It is a criminal offence to let a property that is required to be licensed without applying for a licence. A property must be licensed unless the licence is revoked or the landlord is no longer the owner of the property.
We work closely with the police, London Fire Brigade and other agencies to identify unlicensed properties. We will also carry out compliance visits to all licensed properties.
There is a range of sanctions for operating without a licence, depending on the circumstances. Failure to apply for a licence can lead to a fine. Landlords renting properties in the borough who have not applied or paid for a private rented property licence may only be eligible to for a one year licence and are at risk of prosecution.
If we cannot grant a licence or a licence is revoked, we have the power to make an interim management order (IMO). The IMO will transfer the management of the property to the council for a specified period, after which a final management order (FMO) may be made.
An unlicensed landlord is not able to use the section 21 possession procedure, which entitles them to regain possession of the property without a court hearing, following the service of a valid notice giving the tenant at least two months’ notice.
For any period where an unlicensed property is privately rented, an application can be made to the residential property tribunal for a rent repayment order, which could mean a landlord having to repay up to 12 months of rent to the tenants. Where we have taken enforcement action, a licence may be revoked or varied and may require a new application for all licence types.
Licensing conditions for approval
We must be satisfied that the property to be licensed must be reasonably suitable for occupation. Refer to the private rented property licensing conditions before completing your application, to ensure that your property meets the standards.
The proposed licence holder must be a fit and proper person to be the licence holder and must be the most appropriate person to hold the licence. It could be the landlord, the person receiving the rent or the person in control of the property.
It’s preferred (though not essential) that the proposed licence holder submits this application. The proposed management arrangements for the house must be otherwise satisfactory.
HMO (houses in multiple occupation) licences
HMOs are houses in which many unrelated people live.
The Housing Act 2004 requires large Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to be licensed. Licences aim to ensure minimum standards of safety and maintenance for HMOs. Shelter has more information about HMO standards.
From 1 October 2018, mandatory licensing of HMOs has been extended so that smaller properties used as HMOs in England which house 5 people or more in 2 or more separate households will in many cases require a licence.
New mandatory conditions to be included in licences have also been introduced, prescribing national minimum sizes for rooms used as sleeping accommodation and requiring landlords to adhere to council refuse schemes.
Information and guidance
Guide for HMO landlords - on GOV.UK.
Guide for HMO tenants (PDF, 320 KB)
HMO East London guidance (PDF, 30 KB)
Penalties for non-compliance
It is illegal to operate an HMO without a licence (unless it is an HMO that does not need a licence). The courts can impose a fine of up to £30,000 on the landlord of an unlicensed HMO. In addition, the tenants will be able to reclaim up to 12 months rent.
If an HMO should be licensed but isn’t, the landlord cannot serve notice to quit on a tenant until the licence has been obtained.
HMO public register
The Housing Act 2004 requires that local authorities hold a public register of all registered HMO’s. Our register can be viewed online.
Public register for HMO licences - July 2019 (PDF, 179 KB)
We want to ensure that we are providing a service to all sections of the community and would appreciate your assistance by completing and returning our monitoring form.
HMO monitoring form (PDF, 51 KB)
HMO licence fees
|For each application for a 5 year licence||Application fee - Part A||Part B payment||Fee for assistance with application (including form completion)|
|Up to 5 habitable rooms||£1000||£300||£161.50 + £7.50 per room|
|6 to 9 habitable rooms||£1000||£400||£171.50 + £7.50 per room|
|10 to 14 habitable rooms||£1000||£500||£182 + £7.50 per room|
|15 to 19 habitable rooms||£1000||£600||£192 + £7.50 per room|
|20 or more habitable rooms||£1000||£700||£202 + £7.50 per room|
The selective licence is for any size or type of property in which one or two people live as a single household. All landlords who rent out or let residential accommodation that is not an Additional or Mandatory HMO must have a selective licence.
Selective licensing of residential accommodation under part 3 of the Housing Act 2004 is intended to ensure that all properties let in the private rented sector are of a good standard, well maintained and well managed. It applies to all private rented properties within the borough that are not a house in multiple occupation (HMO). It is a tool to deliver sustainable improvements to private rented accommodation, increasing the quality of existing stock in the private rented sector in terms of both physical conditions and management standards.
Selective licence fees
All fees are applicable on application for a licence, renewal of a licence and change of licence holder.
All applicants will be required to pay Part A of £470, Part B is £430.
Landlords that have held a current licence with us for at least two years and have not been subject to any enforcement action, including convictions, cautions or civil penalties, will be given a 50% discount on Part B.
1 year application and renewal
Landlords with previous management contraventions or who are of concern (a person who has or is being investigated for fraud relating to tenancies or is subject to enforcement action or prosecution relating to contraventions under the Housing Acts and associated regulations) will be charged the full fee for a 1 year licence or renewal.
|All applicants will be required to pay Part A of £470, Part B is £430.|
Change of licence holder
The fee for changing the licence holder is the same as the full fee for the licence.
|All applicants will be required to pay Part A of £470, Part B is £430.|
Licence variation fees
|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|
|Reduction in the number of maximum occupiers and/or households for licensing purposes||Free|
|Variation of licence instigated by the council||Free|
|Change of manager (unless they are also the licence holder)||Free|
|Reprinting of lost licence||£11|
|Revocation of licence||Free|
|Application for licence following revocation of licence||Full application fee|
|Application refused by the council||Full application fee with no refund|
|Application withdrawn by the applicant||Full application fee with no refund|
|Application made in error by someone out of borough||No fee, and a refund will be made|
Selective and Additional HMO registers
A requirement of the licensing scheme is to have a public register available.
The restricted version of the register can be viewed online.
Selective and Additional Public Register - June 2019 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
The unrestricted version of the register is available for viewing by visiting the Private Rented Property Licensing Team, open 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday (closed on public holidays).
By law we have to keep a register of temporary exemption notices relating to property licensing.
We can serve a temporary exemption notice when the landlord or manager of a property which is required to be licensed, but is not licensed, tells us that they intend to take steps to ensure that the property is no longer required to be licensed. The notice exempts the property from the licence requirements for 3 months from the date of service.
We can serve a second temporary exemption notice providing a further period of 3 months exemption running from the expiry date of the first notice if the landlord/manager notifies us that it is required. There must be exceptional circumstances to justify a second notice.
Private Rented Property Licensing team
Barking Town Hall, 1 Clock House Avenue, Barking IG11 7LU
020 8724 8898