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Private rented property licensing

Property licensing schemes ensure that private rented homes are effectively managed to guarantee they meet the correct standards. Property licensing can also help to address issues that affect the health and safety of tenants, including lack of fire precautions, overcrowding and illegal conversions.

Most privately rented homes in Southwark are in a good condition with responsible landlords. However, for some tenants renting properties this is not the case. In areas where residents are living on lower incomes, poor quality rented homes can make things harder. We also know that overcrowding can cause anti-social behaviour such as noise, or rubbish being left in gardens and in the street. 

We think that property licensing is the way forward in dealing with these issues. Our previous Additional HMO and Selective licensing schemes came to an end last year, so we're planning to introduce a new additional HMO licensing scheme and a targeted selective licensing scheme. If you're a resident, landlord or business owner with experience privately renting in Southwark. we want to hear from you on our proposals.

Take part in our consultation to share your views and experiences.

Consultation activities must be paused in the run up to the Mayoral elections in May, so this consultation has been extended until the 28 June to give you plenty of time to share your views. The supporting documents below have been amended with the new dates, where appropriate.

You can read further information on the proposals:

Proposed schemes 

Proposed designations 

Proposed licence conditions 

Information for consultation on licensing (pdf, 2.2mb)

Proposed additional HMO licensing scheme (pdf, 219kb)

Selective Licensing: Designation 1 (pdf, 223kb)

 

Proposed Additional HMO licence conditions (pdf, 187kb)

 

Proposed selective licensing scheme (pdf, 266kb)

 

Selective Licensing: Designation 2 (pdf, 224kb)

 

Proposed Selective Licence conditions – Designation 1 (pdf, 144kb)

 

Changes to Mandatory HMO Licensing (pdf, 53kb)

Selective Licensing: Designation 3 (pdf, 188kb)

 

Proposed Selective Licence conditions – Designation 2 (pdf, 168kb)

 

Summary of the Landlord’s Gold and Platinum Standard Charter (pdf, 70kb)

Selective Licensing: Designation 4 (pdf, 218kb)

 

Proposed Selective Licence conditions – Designation 3 (pdf, 177kb)

 

Alternatives to licensing (pdf, 55kb)

 

Proposed Selective Licence conditions – Designation 4 (pdf, 168kb)

Ward Summaries (pdf, 1.6mb)

 

 

Proposed mandatory HMO licence conditions (pdf, 147kb)

 

Any licences that have not expired will be valid for the future schemes when they come in. However, until those new schemes start, there's no requirement for landlords to apply for licences that have expired. We'll notify stakeholders regarding the new schemes as we go through the process of public consultation and implementation of the new schemes next year.

If your property is an HMO, it may still be necessary to apply for a licence under the Mandatory licensing scheme.

If you're a landlord or managing agent of a property that is licensable and you do not apply for a license, you can be prosecuted or issued a civil penalty notice. If you're prosecuted and found guilty, you can receive an unlimited fine. Civil penalty notices can be up to a maximum of £30,000. Find information regarding prosecution and civil penalties (pdf, 59kb).

Convictions and Civil Penalty Notices will be published on the Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker alongside the offending landlords details. This is a public database introduced by Mayor Sadiq Khan in 2017.

Page last updated: 13 April 2021

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