Property licensing

Licence application handling service

With an estimated 225,000 private rented homes in London needing a property licence, many landlords find themselves struggling to understand the rules and yet fearful of getting things wrong.

Did you know there are over 25 different London property licensing schemes? In some areas, you only need a licence for larger Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) whilst in other areas licensing has been extended to all house and flat shares occupied by 3 or more people. Some councils have extended licensing to all private rented homes occupied by a single family. No wonder people get confused.

Failing to have the correct licence for your property can lead to criminal prosecution and a hefty fine, a civil penalty of up to £30,000, an order to repay up to 12 months rent and the inability to evict your tenants using a Section 21 Notice of Seeking Possession. It can all seem a bit daunting.

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. We are experts when it comes to property licensing and our service is available throughout the London area.

We start by discussing the basics to assess what type of licence you need. Once you have confirmed a booking, we send you a property licensing information pack that helps to explain the process and answer your questions.

We ask you for certain information required to complete the application and then arrange a convenient date to visit your property and carry out an inspection. Our service involves more than simply completing the application form. The inspection is carried out by an independent Environmental Health Officer and we will highlight any compliance issues for you to consider. 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 will prepare one for you. If your property is an HMO, we provide a fire safety notice for you to display in the property.

We then prepare the licence application together with the notifications forms that must be sent to everyone with an interest in the property. Once the application is ready, we let you know the council’s licence application fee and highlight any discounts available. The application is then ready to be submitted.

Our service doesn’t stop there. You can contact us for advice by email or telephone throughout the application process, including any questions you have about the draft licence when it is issued. The council will give you at least 14 days to comment on the draft licence before it is finalised. If necessary, we can prepare a formal written representation on your behalf as an extra service.

Our Fees

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, additional and selective licence application, up to six occupants (excluding the council's licence application fee): £499+VAT
  • Selective licence application - reduced rate if the property is let to a single family (excluding the council's licence application fee): £429+VAT
  • HMOs with 7 or more occupants and section 257 HMOs: Price on application (POA)

There is a reduction of £80+VAT if you provide a measured floorplan or if a floorplan is not needed to accompany your application.

Optional extra services

  • We can fast track your application and have it prepared within 10 working days: extra £300+VAT
  • Preparation of written licence representation: £150+VAT

The costs do not include provision of gas, electrical or any other safety certificates. However, we will advise you on what documents are needed and we may be able to help arrange this. Ask for details.

You need to act now

Regardless of whether you decide to use our service, we urge you to comply with licensing requirements at the earliest opportunity. You can pay a small price for getting your property licensed or risk high reputational and financial penalties if you fail to act.

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. In 2017, we were finalists for the FSB London Property Business of the Year Award. You can read reviews about our service on Trust Pilot.

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

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