Selective Licensing

The Selective Licensing Consultation finished on 31 January 2023.  The results of the survey will be reviewed and feedback will be provided in due course.

 

Check to see if you need a licence for a home you rent out privately

Check the property licensing map to see if you require a licence for a home you rent out privately within Selective Scheme 2 which includes 12 wards.  The 12 wards being: Aldborough, Chadwell, Church End, Cranbrook, Fairlop, Goodmayes, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury, Roding, Seven Kings and Snaresbrook.

All properties identified in the red chevron area require a licence.   

It is an offence to rent out a property to tenants without a licence. If your property is not licensed you must submit an application now to avoid being fined up to £30k or prosecuted.

 

Selective Scheme 1 Licence update

Selective Scheme 1 has now expired.

This was a 5 year scheme which ended 12th July 2022.  If you have a Selective licence due to expire in either of these 2 wards, Valentines (now known as Ilford Town Centre) or Clementswood, you cannot renew it at present, as currently we do not have a replacement scheme in place.  However, if a new Selective licensing scheme is introduced in 2023 you must check to see if it applies to you (i.e. is your property in the designated wards).

What happens now that Selective scheme 1 has expired?

The Council will now review the success of the Selective licensing scheme 1 and decide if we have enough evidence to support another Selective licensing scheme being introduced in 2023.  A Public Consultation will be held for 12 weeks later this year to answer any questions that the Public may have and then a decision will be made on the renewal of the scheme.

All licence holders already known to us on our system will be contacted by email when the consultation takes place and also when a decision is made.

If a new Selective scheme is implemented in 2023 and includes these two wards/areas of Redbridge (previously in Selective scheme 1), you will need to reapply for a new Selective licence.  Other wards may be included in any new Selective scheme.

It is the owner’s responsibility to check our website regularly for any updates and to comply with any new licensing schemes when implemented.

 

Selective Licensing Scheme 2 update 

  • Selective licensing scheme 2 is still active until 30 September 2023.
  • Selective licensing applies to all rental properties that are not Mandatory HMO's (i.e five+ occupants forming two or more households) but are in one of the 12 designated areas:

Aldborough, Chadwell, Church End, Cranbrook, Fairlop, Goodmayes, Loxford, Mayfield, Newbury, Roding, Seven Kings, Snaresbrook.

  • Selective licensing can apply to single households, s257 HMO's and small HMO's of 3 to 4 occupants.

Check the property licensing map to see if you require a selective licence under  Selective Scheme 2. 

(Selective Scheme 1, which included Clementswood and Valentines wards, has now finished and is under review until further notice).

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

 

Official designation and public notice

The following are the official designations for the selective licensing schemes:

Scheme 1 came into force on 13 July 2017 and ended on 12 July 2022

Scheme 2 came into force on 1 October 2018 and ends 30 September 2023

Public Notice Official Designation For Selective Licensing Schemes I and 2 (PDF 929 KB)

 

Fees and charges

Selective licence fees from 1 April 2022

Households

Fee on application

First instalment

Grant of a licence 

Second instalment 

Total fee

One household or

two unrelated individuals

£265 £408 £673

 

Selective licence fees from 1 May 2021 to 31 March 2022

Households

Fee on application

First instalment

Grant of a licence 

Second instalment 

Total fee

One household or

two unrelated individuals

£250 £385 £635

 

Applications for a selective licence may be made by submitting a paper licence. However, there is a £110 processing fee for this service.

 

Guidance Notes for Renting Out A Property

Please ensure you read the Guidance Notes for Renting Out A Property before applying for a licence. 

 

Conditions

When you are granted your selective licence it will be subject to conditions that you will be required to comply with. A compliance visit may be carried out during the length of your licence period to ensure that licence conditions are complied with.

Selective Licence Conditions


Exemptions

Your rented property is exempt from selective licensing if the tenancy or licence to occupy the property is granted by a body which is registered as a social landlord.

Your rented property may also be exempt from selective licensing if the tenancy or licence to occupy the property meets the exemptions listed in the following regulations:

List of Exemptions

 

Apply for a Selective Licence

 

Refund Policy

You may be entitled to a refund of the application fee in certain circumstances.

For more information on refunds view the Redbridge Refund Policy (PDF 264KB)

 

Contact us

Email: prslicensing@redbridge.gov.uk

Property Licensing Team
2nd Floor Front
Lynton House
255-259 High Road,
Ilford, IG1 1NY

 

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