Private rented property licensing

Apply for a private rented property licence

The person making the application is usually the licence holder. This is typically the person who is in control of the property and the person who receives the rent. This could be the owner or landlord, however it could also be a manager employed by the owner.

You can only apply for one licence per property. You cannot transfer a licence to another person.

Applications from non UK residents

An application for a property licence from a non UK resident will only be considered valid if there is a managing agent based in the UK who agrees to be bound by the conditions and obligations imposed by the licence by signing a declaration to confirm this.

Before you apply

Please read the application guidance for private rented property licences which will provide you with step by step instructions on how to complete an application and what information will be required.

See guidance for landlords on legal obligations and general management responsibilities.

Block or multi-flat applications cannot be submitted online. The paper application form and guidance notes can be downloaded or are available by contacting or by telephoning 020 8825 9512.

New application

You should make a new application if:

  • this is the first time you have applied for a property licence
  • you want to change the licence holder
  • you have been refused a licence
  • your licence has been taken away from you.


  • Additional HMO and selective licences
    The council's current additional HMO and selective licence schemes will end on 31 December 2021.
    You are therefore not required to renew these types of property licences.

  • Mandatory HMO licences
    You should renew your mandatory HMO licence if it is about to expire and you still wish to license the property.
    You must renew your licence three months before it expires.   

Material change refers to a change to the property itself or its management. It includes changes to, but not limited to, the layout of the property, use of rooms or spaces, changes in fire safety, property management or tenancy management. (This list is not exhaustive.)


The council will judge each application on an individual basis. You may need to supply additional information to support your application.

Start your application

Property licensing privacy notice


Varying your licence

Reasons to vary your licence may include:

  • Change of name (marriage/divorce/deed poll)
  • Change of licence holder or manager’s address
  • Change of number of occupants or households
  • Change in amenities

There is no fee for a variation to your licence but if you are applying to use additional rooms, you will have to pay the additional £30 per habitable room fee.

A variation cannot be granted for a change of owner, as licences are non-transferable. You will need to apply to revoke your current licence and the new applicant will be required to submit a new application complete with full fee.

Application form to vary your house in multiple occupation (HMO) Licence

Application form to vary your selective Licence

Refund policy

We will only issue a refund for a property licence under the following circumstances:

  • The property is outside the designated licensing area.
  • A duplicate application has been made in error.