Additional HMO Licence Update

Additional licensing scheme ended 12 April 2022

Redbridge Council’s additional licencing scheme ended on the 12 April 2022. Over the last five years, the scheme has extended licensing to all Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) including certain converted blocks of flats (known as Section 257 HMOs).

We recently consulted on plans to introduce a replacement additional licensing scheme. We are currently reviewing all the evidence and considering all the representations received before deciding whether to implement a new scheme. We will publish a further update later in the year.

In the meantime, additional HMO licences granted by the council remain in force until the expiry date printed on the licence. It is important you continue to comply with all the licence conditions.

Redbridge Council still operate a mandatory HMO licensing scheme plus two selective licensing schemes that include all private rented properties within the designated area. 

  1. If your additional licence is due to expire soon, or you are letting out an HMO that is not currently licensed, we have summarised the actions required. You need to apply for a mandatory HMO licence if your property is occupied by five or more people living together as two or more separate households. More information on Mandatory HMO Licence   
  2. If you let out an HMO consisting of three - four people sharing, this does not require a mandatory HMO licence, but you may need to apply for a selective licence if your property is in one of the 12 selective licensing wards. More information on Selective Licensing 
  3. The 12 wards covered by selective licensing are: Aldborough, Chadwell, Church End, Cranbrook, Fairlop, Goodmayes, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury, Roding, Seven Kings and Snaresbrook.  If in doubt, please use our interactive map to check whether your propoert is in a selective licensing area
  1. If you let out an HMO that does not require a mandatory HMO licence and falls outside of the selective licensing areas, you do not need to apply for a property licence at this time. Please refer to our website regularly for any updates on a proposed new additional licensing scheme.

If you have any queries about whether licensing applies to your property, please email


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