Deadline nears for mandatory licence paperwork in big London borough

Newham landlords and their agents have until end of August to apply for Selective Licences or face a £30,000 penalty or unlimited fines.

Newham, London

Landlords in the London borough of Newham have until the end of August to apply for a mandatory Selective Licence or risk an unlimited fine or having control of properties taken away.

Selective Licences help to ensure privately-rented homes are well managed and of a good standard and are required for all residential accommodation that is not a Mandatory or Additional HMO (house in multiple occupation) in every Newham ward except for Stratford Olympic Park and Royal Victoria.


The latest Selective Licensing scheme started on 1 June 2023 and the Council is stepping up its inspection and enforcement visits throughout September to find and take action against unlicensed properties.

Carleene Lee-Phakoe
Carleene Lee-Phakoe

Landlords without licenses can face a financial penalty notice of up to £30,000 or an unlimited fine from the court. They could also have control of properties removed and be ordered to repay up to 12 months’ rent to the Council or their tenants.

Carleene Lee-Phakoe, Cabinet Member for Housing Needs, Homelessness and Private Rented Sector, says: “Renters in Newham deserve to live in safe, well-managed and well-maintained homes, and that’s what our pioneering Selective Licensing scheme aims to ensure.

“I’m grateful to the majority of our landlords who have successfully applied for a license, and call on those who still need to apply to take action now.”


And she adds: “Our teams will be out and about in September to check for unlicensed properties so I encourage anyone without a license to get their application in without delay.”

Newham’s last Licensing Scheme, which expired at the end of February 2023, saw 42,000 properties licensed – of which 70% were subject to officer visits or audits.

From 2018 until July 2023, more than 2,620 breach of licence investigations were conducted and 387 financial penalty final notices were issued, with fines between £5k-£30k. A total of 6,447 enforcement letters were sent.

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