Property licensing

Licence application handling service

With an estimated 209,000 private rented homes needing a property licence in London, many landlords find themselves struggling to understand the rules and yet fearful of getting things wrong.

In London, there are over 20 different property licensing schemes each with different terms and conditions. In some areas, you only need a licence for larger Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) comprising three of more storeys and five or more people. In other areas, licensing has been extended to all house and flat shares with three or more occupants. Some councils have extended licensing to all private rented homes, even if they are occupied by a single family. No wonder people get confused!

Did you know that failing to have the correct licence for your property can lead to criminal prosecution and a hefty fine, an order to repay up to 12 months rent and the inability to evict your tenants using a Section 21 Notice of Seeking Possession?

New rules being introduced in April 2017 will mean the landlord and letting agent could be served with a civil penalty of up to £30,000. Later in 2017 we expect to see a new rogue landlord database and the most prolific offenders could receive an indefinite banning order.
 
Our property licence application service

Fortunately, help is at hand. We have developed a unique, hassle-free, one-stop-shop service to help you obtain the correct licence for your property, and we are the experts when it comes to property licensing! Our service is available throughout the London area.

So how does our service work? We start by discussing the basics to assess what type of licence you need. Once you have booked the service, we send you our property licensing information pack that helps to explain the process and answer the most common questions.

We then arrange a convenient time to visit your property to carry out an inspection. Our service involves more than simply completing the application form. The inspection is carried out by an experienced Environmental Health Officer so we can highlight and discuss any issues around fire precautions, room sizes, facilities and management arrangements. We provide simple, impartial and expert advice to help you understand and comply with the law.

If you do not have a measured floorplan (essential to accompany most applications), we can prepare one for you.

We then prepare your licence application, using either a hard copy or online system depending on the arrangements in your borough. We even prepare the notifications you must send to everyone with an interest in the property when you apply for the licence.

For HMOs, we provide you with two A4 size fire safety procedure notices to display in the property – after all, it’s always worth having a spare copy.

Once the application is ready, we will tell you the licence application fee and highlight any discounts that are available. You then pay this fee direct to the council when the application is submitted.

Once the application has been submitted, our service doesn’t stop there. You can contact us for advice by email or telephone throughout the application process. You can speak to us about the draft licence, when it is issued. The council always allow at least 14 days to submit comments on the draft licence before it is finalised.

And if you have any concerns about the draft licence and want us to prepare a formal representation, we can do that for you for an extra fee of £100+VAT.

Our Fees

We aim to keep the process simple. For property licensing within the London area, we offer a competitive fixed-price service for handling your licence application from start to finish:

  • Mandatory HMO or additional licence application, up to six occupants (excluding the council's licence application fee): £499+VAT
  • Selective licence application (excluding the council's licence application fee): £399+VAT
  • HMOs with 7 or more occupants: Price on application (POA)

We will reduce the cost by £80+VAT if you already have a measured floorplan available.

You need to act now

Regardless of whether you decide to use our service, we would strongly advise you to comply with any licensing requirements at the earliest opportunity. Hundreds of landlords and agents have been prosecuted by the London Boroughs. Don’t make the same mistake as them. You can pay a small price for getting your property licensed or risk much higher reputational and financial penalties.

Further Information

Providing a responsive, high quality customer focused service is important to us. We like to be the best at what we do. In 2016, we were awarded Best Service Provider in the Private Rented Sector by the UK Landlord Accreditation Partnership. You can read some recent testimonials about our business at: www.londonpropertylicensing.co.uk/testimonials

For more information or to request a licence application for your property, contact:

London Property Licensing
8th Floor, 6 Mitre Passage
London SE10 0ER
Tel: 0208 090 2186
Email: info@londonpropertylicensing.co.uk

Endsleigh rent guarantee insurance
Sign up to our London Property Licensing newsletter
Advertise your business here
Endsleigh landlord insurance