Private rented property licensing

Our licensing schemes ensure that rented homes in Southwark meet the correct standards and enable us to provide the necessary support and information to landlords and tenants.

There are two types of privately rented properties in the borough which require a licence:

  1. Houses or flats shared between a group of unrelated people or let as individual rooms, also known as Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs); some properties converted to flats are also HMO’s and will need a licence
  2. Properties let to a single family, couple or individual (including studio flats) when they're located in one of the selective licensing areas; you can use our map to check if your property is in a selective licensing area
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. Click here (pdf, 59kb) for more information regarding prosecution and civil penalties


Southwark Council are consulting on proposals to introduce a Gold Standard for the private rented sector. The aim is to improve standards across the sector beyond the current legal requirements for rented properties. To find out more and have your say go to

Page last updated: 07 May 2019