Any landlord with a property that falls inside selected areas/streets requires this licence, regardless of who occupies it. Each council has a different way of marking which properties need to be licensed. For instance, Hammersmith and Fulham Council have a list of selected streets, upon which all properties need to be licensed. Southwark Council on the other hand have an OS Map with highlighted areas. It is best therefore to verify whether your property falls in a Selective Licensing areas by using your local council’s website.
If you are unsure feel free to contact us and we can help you determine whether your property requires a selective property licence.
We offer a comprehensive service to help landlords and agents through the licensing process, so the easiest option is to get in touch. However, if you choose to manage the process independently it is possible to navigate the process yourself, though it can be very time consuming. The process is important to do correctly and you should familiarise yourself with all standards and council guidelines before applying.
It is advisable to start by inspecting your property to the correct standards set out by your local council as this will outline any safety issues and local standards you may need to meet and remedy in order to be compliant. It will also highlight any certification you require in order to meet local and national standards. (Find out more about checking your compliance and how you can book them here).
If you are not already familiar with the Housing Act 2004, it gives an in-depth overview of what the standards are for HMOs. Following this it is also a good idea to review your local authorities specification for living standards to ensure you meet requirements which fall outside fire safety. For example, Hammersmith and Fulham council provide FAQs and other resources on their website. This includes minimum room sizes, refuse provision, adequate facilities per person, lighting, security, number of tenants and more. (Find out more about fire and living standards requirements for HMOs here)
The Housing Act also requires you to notify various ‘relevant persons’ that you are applying for a property licence. These persons must be informed of your application and you will be expected to supply their contact details to your local authority. Typically these are freeholders, leaseholders, landlords, mortgage providers, managing agents or anyone else involved in the property.
The information gathered during both of these exercises can therefore be used to carefully fill in the application forms provided by your local authority. Once you have paid the council’s processing fee you should be able to submit your application and await response.
We can manage the entire process on your behalf. Simply request a call back and one of our specialist consultants will go through our process with you.