Private rented property licensing

Types of private rented property licence

There are three types of private rented property licence:

1.   Mandatory licence for larger houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

You will need a mandatory HMO licence if you are a landlord or managing agent of a rented property that is occupied by five or more people in two or more households that share (or lack) toilet, washing or cooking facilities.

The definition of a mandatory HMO changed on 1 October 2018. For more information please see extension to mandatory licensing.

2.   Additional licence for smaller houses in multiple occupation (HMO)

You will need an additional licence if you are a landlord or managing agent of a rented property that is two or more storeys high, and has four or more occupiers in two or more households that share (or lack) toilet, washing or cooking facilities. This excludes houses in multiple occupation that require a mandatory licence.

You will also need an additional licence if you are freeholder, leaseholder or a person in control of a building that:

  • has been converted entirely to self-contained flats
  • where the conversion works do not comply with the appropriate building standards (Building Regulations 1991 or later).

Such converted buildings only need to be licensed where all flats are under the same ownership or control and the building has more flats than storeys or it contains a mix of commercial and residential uses.

Please note that if any of the flats in the building meet the description of a mandatory or additional HMO, those flats will need to be licensed separately.

3. Selective licence

You will need a selective licence for all other privately rented properties in the wards of Acton Central, East Acton, South Acton, Southall Broadway and Southall Green.

Find your ward location by using the postcode for your property.

Length of licence

A mandatory licence will last for a maximum of five years.

An additional or selective licence will usually be issued for a maximum of five years.

We may issue a licence for a shorter period of time if we have concerns about the management of the property.