Selective licensing applies to private rented properties located in specific areas across the borough to single households only. These areas are split as Scheme 1 and Scheme 2.
Fees and charges for applications created before 1 January 2019
For Scheme 1 applications created in 2018, the cost of a selective licence for one property is £500. The licence will be valid for 5 years.
For Scheme 2 applications created in 2018, the cost of a selective licence for one property is £500*. The licence will be valid for 5 years.
*If you apply for a selective licence under scheme 2 before 1 January 2019 you will receive a 50% discount. The cost of the licence will be reduced to £250.
Changes to selective licence fees from 1 January 2019
Fee on application
Grant of a licence
One household or
two unrelated individuals
Paper applications are available for selective Licences, however, there is a £100 processing fee for this service.
What is a household?
A household is either a single person or members of the same family who live together. A family includes people who are:
- married or living together - including people in same-sex relationships
- relatives or half-relatives, for example, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings
- step-parents and step-children
- a foster child living with a foster parent (s) is treated as living in the same household
Please ensure you read the Redbridge minimum property standards (PDF 425KB) before applying for a licence.
When you are granted your selective licence 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.
You should enquire about renewing 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 enquire 3 months before your current licence expires.
Similarly, you should also inform us if your property is no longer licensable.
Your rented property is exempt from licensing if the building is:
- used as a care home or hostel
- controlled or managed by a Local Authority
- 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
If a building is occupied by:
- freeholder or long leaseholder
- a resident landlord with up to two tenants
- religious communities
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Property Licensing Team
10th Floor rear
255-259 High Road,
Ilford, IG1 1NY