Private rented property licensing
You can search our licensing register to check if a property has a licence.
Reporting unlicensed properties
If you know or suspect a property in Southwark that is licensable but does not have a licence, report it to us online.
Taking action if you've lived in an unlicensed property
If you're a tenant of an unlicensed property or have lived in an unlicensed property within the last 12 months, you may be able to apply for a Rent Repayment Order. A Rent Repayment Order allows you to recover up to 12 months of your rent back from your landlord.
Southwark Council works closely with Justice for Tenants, a trusted not-for-profit tenant's rights organisation, which has a dedicated team of Rent Repayment Order experts ready to assist and advise tenants in Southwark.
You can get in touch with this team at Southwarkrro@justicefortenants.org. Emails sent to this address are usually responded to within 1 working day. Justice for Tenants will support you with your Rent Repayment Order Application, and if you wish, can carry out all aspects of the Rent Repayment Order for you. Justice for Tenants has over 98% success rate in Rent Repayment Order Proceedings.
Page last updated: 27 February 2023