The London Borough of Bexley has introduced licensing for privately rented properties accommodating single households to improve housing conditions and the local environment.
The London Borough of Bexley has designated a selective licensing scheme 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
- Parts of Erith
The scheme came into force on the 1 October 2018. The following document is a copy of the selective licence designation notice (PDF, 1MB).
Below are detailed maps of the four selective licensing areas:
- Thamesmead North Licensing Area
- Abbey Wood / Lower Belvedere Licensing Area
- Erith Licensing Area
- Manor Road Licensing Area
- A full map of all Licensing Areas
Visit Selective property licensing search to see if a property requires a selective licence.
Mandatory HMO licensing
Mandatory HMO licensing applies to all HMOs where there are five or more people.
The cost of a licence will comprise of an 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|
(£265 + £425)
|£265 plus £145 per letting|
|Renewals fee||N/A||£265 plus £87 per letting|
Apply for a property licence
Prior to applying for a property licence please read the guide to completing an application form (PDF, 274KB), if you have any issues whilst filling out the form then please contact the Rent it Right team.
Why has the Council introduced a selective licensing scheme?
The council carried out a detailed consultation between the 20 November 2017 to the 31 January 2018. The following documents relate to the consultation: