Apply for a property licence

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To rent out properties in Redbridge you may need a licence. The license you need will depend on the type, size and number of people living in the property. There are three different types of licenses:

  • mandatory licensing and additional licensing for houses in multiple occupation (HMO) located across Redbridge
  • selective licensing for all rented properties in the areas of Clementswood and Valentines wards in Redbridge

You must licence each property you rent out.  If you do not have a valid licence you may be prosecuted and fined for each unlicensed property.

On the 31 May 2018 government confirmed the rollout of selective licensing to include a further twelve designations in Redbridge. These are based on the original ward boundaries for the following wards:

  • Goodmayes
  • Loxford 
  • Snaresbrook 
  • Roding 
  • Newbury 
  • Mayfield 
  • Cranbrook 
  • Seven Kings
  • Chadwell 
  • Fairlop 
  • Alborough 
  • Church End 
  • Valentines* 
  • Clementswood* 

*Designations with existing selective licensing

View the designations map (PDF 1.07MB) 

Read our Press Release for further information

We will begin accepting applications for these additional designations from July 2018. Please keep an eye on this webpage for further updates.


What is a house in multiple occupation (HMO)?  

A HMO is a property that is occupied by 3 or more unrelated individuals who are not from 1 ‘household’ (e.g. a family) and do not have exclusive occupation of the whole property, but share facilities like the bathroom and kitchen.


Mandatory licence

If your property is:

  • rented to 5 or more people who are unrelated or form more than 1 household
  • is 3 storeys or higher
  • tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

Your property is a defined as a large HMO and you will need to apply for a mandatory licence.

Mandatory licences are valid for 5 years 

The fee matrix below helps you to calculate the cost of your mandatory licence based on the number of households and the number of storeys in your property. 

Households 3 to 4 storeys 5 storeys and above
Up to 5 households £800 £1000
6 to 10 households £1000 £1200
11 to 15 households £1100 £1300
16 to 19 households £1300 £1500
20 households and above £1800 £2000

If you are a member of a landlord accreditation scheme you will be eligible for a 10% discount for each application you submit. 


Apply for Mandatory Licence


Additional licence

If your property is:

  • where there are 3 or more people living there who form 2 or more households
  • 1 to 2 storeys high
  • tenants share toilet, bathroom or kitchen facilities

Your property is a defined as a small HMO and you will need to apply for an additional licence.

Additional licences are valid until 12 April 2022 which is the end of 5 year scheme.

Additional licences have a fixed fee of £500.


Apply for an Additional Licence

Selective licence (not an HMO)

Selective licensing applies to properties in Clementswood and Valentines wards of Redbridge where the property is rented out to two unrelated individuals or only one household.

From October 2018 selective licensing will apply to 12 additional wards. You will be able to make an application online from the first week of July. There will be an early bird discount of 50% for applications made before 1 January 2019. 

The new selective licensing area  (PDF 11.7MB) 

For more information see the latest news on selective licencing.

Selective licences are valid for 5 years. 

The selective licencing fee is £500. 

Apply for a Selective Licence


The legal definition of Household is members of the same family living together as:

  • couples married to each other or living together as husband and wife (or in an equivalent relationship in the case of persons of the same sex)
  • relatives living together, including parents, grandparents, children (and step-children), grandchildren, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces or cousins
  • half-relatives who are treated as full relatives.
  • a foster child living with his foster parent is treated as living in the same household as his foster parent


Your rented property is exempt from mandatory licensing if the building is:

 used as a care home or hostel

Controlled or managed by:

  • Redbridge council
  • not for profit registered provider of social housing
  • a body which is registered as a social landlord under Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52),
  • police and crime commissioner
  • Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime
  • fire and rescue authority
  • National Health Service

 Is a building is occupied by:

  • freeholder or long leaseholder
  • resident landlord with up to two tenants
  • religious communities
  • students

Temporary Exemptions from Licensing 

An owner or manager of a property may apply to the council for a Temporary Exemption Notice (TEN). These are applicable when the property is required to be licensed, but the person who is responsible for the property no longer wishes for it to be used as private rented accommodation. 

If a TEN is granted the property is exempt from licensing and therefore is no longer in liable for enforcement action from Redbridge Council. 

Redbridge council may only grant a TEN if it satisfied that the applicant is or will shortly be, taking steps to ensure the property ceases to be subject to licensing.  For example, the owner or manager of the property is able to provide notification in writing from a solicitor that possession proceedings have initiated, and evidence to show that they are likely to be successful and being taken legally and correctly.

A TEN can only be granted for a maximum period of three months, but in exceptional circumstances, the council may issue a second TEN to last a further three months following the expiry of the original.  No more than two consecutive TEN's may be granted in succession for a given property. 


Mandatory licence application you will need to upload:

  • Landlords Annual Gas Safety Certificate
  • Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • Energy Performance Certificate
  • Fire Detection System Installation and Commissioning Certificate

Additional and Selective licence, you will need to give us your dates and serial numbers for:

  • Landlords Annual Gas Safety Certificate
  • Electrical Installation Condition Report
  • Energy Performance Certificate
  • Fire Detection System Installation and Commissioning Certificate

Fire Risk Assessments: 

Landlords and/or managing agents of premises that are not occupied as single private dwellings, have a duty to make a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment and to install fire precaution measures as are identified by the assessment to ensure that the premises are safe for occupiers and visitors. 

More detailed guidance can be found in the HM Government guidance Fire Safety Risk Assessment - Sleeping Accommodation (PDF 2.82MB)


Licence conditions

When you are granted your license there are conditions that you will need to meet to keep the licences valid. The conditions will be attached to your licence when you complete your online application. We can ask to see evidence you meet these conditions at any time during the length of your licence period.


Licence renewals

You should renew your licence if it is about to expire and you still wish to privately rent the property in the same way it was being rented before. We recommend you renew your licence 3 month before your current licence expires. 

Similarly, you should also inform us if your property is no longer licensable. 


Licensing enquiries:
020 8708 4845 - Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm

Property Licensing Team
10th Floor rear
Lynton House
255-259 High Road,
Ilford, IG1 1NY


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