Rent it Right - A licensing scheme for Bexley

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Following cabinet approval on the 10 April 2018, the council has designated a selective licensing scheme on the 16 April 2018 applying to all private rented properties, which will include HMOs not covered by the new mandatory scheme, in four defined areas: Thamesmead North, Abbey Wood, Lower Belvedere and parts of Erith.

The following documents provide detailed maps of the four selective licensing areas:

Visit Selective property licensing search to see if a property requires a selective licence.

Consultation

The council carried out a detailed consultation between the 20 November 2017 to the 31 January 2018. The following documents relate to the consultation:

Extension to mandatory HMO licensing 

In February 2018 the government introduced new legislation relating to HMO licensing which will come into force on the 1 October 2018. The new legislation extends mandatory HMO licensing to include all HMOs where there are five or more people. 

Licence applications for HMOs that will be subject to mandatory licensing from 1 October 2018 can be made now and in all cases must be received prior to 1 October 2018. Please contact us if you would like us to send a form or you can download a application form (PDF, 1MB) and a renewal application form (PDF, 1MB). However, landlords may wish to wait and apply after 1 June 2018 when the new online application form is available. 

For clarification and excluding exemptions:

  • if you have an HMO anywhere in the borough, including the selective licensing areas, with five or more people you need to apply for a mandatory HMO licence
  • if you have a privately rented property, including HMOs with fewer than five people, in one of the selective licensing areas you will need to apply for a selective licence
  • if you have a privately rented property, including HMOs with fewer than five people, that’s not in one of the selective licensing areas you don’t need to apply for a licence

Designation of Selective Licensing Scheme

Bexley Council’s cabinet met on the 10 April 2018, and agreed to proceed with the proposal to introduce a selective licensing scheme applying to all privately rented properties in four defined areas covering Thamesmead North, Abbey Wood, Lower Belvedere and parts of Erith.

The designation of the scheme was made on the 16th April and will come into force on the 1 September 2018. The following document is a copy of the selective licence designation notice (PDF, 1MB). The council will start accepting selective licence applications from the 1 June 2018. 

The cabinet also agreed revised licence conditions (PDF, 110KB) and standards (PDF, 145KB).

Licence fees

The council also agreed a new fee structure that will apply to all Selective and Mandatory HMO Licences. The cost of a licence will comprise of initial fee of £265 for processing the licence application which is non-refundable. Successful applications will attract a further fee payable before the grant of a licence, which covers a contribution towards the costs of operating the respective licensing schemes. 

Type of licence Selective Mandatory HMO
Licence fee £690
(£265 + £425)
£265 plus £145 per letting
Early bird discount fee £371
(£265 + £106)
N/A
Renewals fee N/A £265 plus £87 per letting

To encourage landlords to apply for a selective licence the council will operate an early bird period that will run between the 1 June and the 30 November 2018.

Accreditation and training days

All Licence Holders and Managers (landlords) must be accredited with Bexley Council’s Rent it Right Scheme.

The landlord must have become accredited with one of the following organisations within 12 months of the issuing of the licence:

  • London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS)
  • Accreditation and Training for Landlord and Agents Service (ATLAS)
  • National Landlords Association (NLA)
  • Residential Landlords Association (RLA)
  • Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)
  • National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS)
  • UK Association of Letting Agents (UKALA)

The landlord must continue to be accredited by doing 10 hours of training a year for the duration of the licence.

Landlords who are accredited at the time of applying for a property licence will be eligible for a £50 discount. To assist landlords in becoming accredited the council will be hosting training courses provided by the NLA:

If you have any other comments/questions please email rentitright@bexley.gov.uk or call 020 3045 3456.