Rent it Right - promoting Bexley’s private renting

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Rent it Right is the London Borough of Bexley working in partnership with local landlords and agents to collectively meet Bexley’s growing housing needs in a sustainable and collaborative way. 

To be a Rent it Right member comprises of two essential components; having Rent it Right properties that meet an improved set of property conditions, and being a Rent it Right landlord that is formally accredited. It is a self-certification that your property is well managed and is of a safe and high quality for private rent.

Rent it Right members have access to our three partnership schemes:

  1. Rent it Right Licensing Partner: a licensing scheme
  2. Rent it Right Contract Partner: a private sector leasing scheme
  3. Rent it Right Individual Partner: a cash incentives scheme

What standard will properties need to be?

Rent it Right aims to improve property conditions and the local environment for Bexley’s residents. By complying with the Rent it Right standards (PDF, 139KB) and conditions (PDF, 114KB), the scheme aims to offer safe, high-quality properties to local residents, giving them confidence and security in private renting with responsible landlords. 

What do well-managed properties mean?

Rent it Right landlords need to be accredited and a fit and proper person (explained in the following document) Guide to completing an online application form (PDF, 274KB). The landlord can become accredited with a number of organisations and the Council will host training courses provided by the NLA to assist landlords. To maintain accreditation, the landlord must complete 10 hours of training a year.

Landlords who become accredited when applying for a licence are eligible for a £50 discount. Book your accreditation training:

NB The Council is now accepting applications for selective licences and for HMOs that will be subject to mandatory licensing from 1 October 2018. The new online application form is available in the Rent it Right Licence Partner section below.

 

Register to attend the London Borough of Bexley's Rent it Right
Marketplace Launch Event on 2 October 2018 at Hall Place

For more information on our Rent it Right partnership schemes and to apply for a licence, please see below and if you have any further queries, please complete the Rent it Right enquiry form.

The London Borough of Bexley has introduced licensing for privately rented properties accommodating single households to improve housing conditions and the local environment.

Selective licensing

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 comes into force on the 1 October 2018 and the council is now accepting applications. The following document is a copy of the selective licence designation notice (PDF, 1MB)

Below are detailed maps of the four selective licensing areas:

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

Mandatory HMO licensing 

Government legislation has extended mandatory HMO licensing to include all HMOs where there are five or more people and these properties will be subject to mandatory licensing from October 1 2018.  

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 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
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

The council will operate an early bird period that will run between the 1 July and the 31 December 2018.

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

Apply for a property licence

NB There is an issue on the iApply website in that the Notification of Intention to apply for a Property Licence refers to HMO Licensing, if you are applying for a selective license then please use notification of intention for property licence (PDF, 297KB) whilst we arrange for this to be corrected.

    Why has the Council introduced licensing?

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

    Being a Rent it Right contract partner means you can take part in our private sector leasing scheme. This is a scheme that seeks to provide long-term accommodation to Bexley residents.

    What is the Private Sector Leasing Scheme (PSL)? 

    • the London Borough of Bexley requires good quality properties to lease for three to five years, to use as long-term accommodation within the Bexley borough and surrounding areas
    • we offer an interest-free loan of between £1,000 to £20,000, to cover the cost of works required to ensure the property meets the Rent it Right standards and conditions
    • you may also qualify for a £5,000 grant if the property has been empty for six months or longer
    • you will receive a guaranteed monthly rent, even if the property is empty

    There are two options to choose from:

    PSL Option A PSL Option B
    Guaranteed income Guaranteed income
    Payments via automated BACS system direct to your bank account Payments via automated BACS system direct to your bank account
    No commission or set up cost No commission or set up cost
    Flexible lease term three to five years £2,000 cash upfront payment
    No furniture or white goods required Three-year lease term
    Named officer dealing with your property No furniture or white goods required
    Free gas, electric and energy performance certificates provided Named officer dealing with your property
    Annual £5,000 reparation fund Free gas, electric and energy performance certificates provided
    Property returned at the end of the lease in a good condition except for fair wear and tear £1,000 paid at the end of the lease if no claims against the £3,000 reparation fund
    Six-monthly inspections £3,000 reparation fund
    Rent it Right direct helpline for support and advice Property returned at the end of the lease in a good condition except for fair wear and tear
      Six-monthly inspections
      Rent it Right direct helpline for support and advice

    What are the responsibilities of the landlord?

    • any repairs to be carried out within the agreed time frame 
    • be clean and in a good condition 
    • be safe from hazards 
    • have a carbon monoxide detector 
    • have hard-wired smoke alarms and heat detector 
    • have fire blankets in kitchens 
    • have a landlords gas safety certificate 
    • have a satisfactory electrical installation condition report 
    • have an energy performance certificate 
    • have window restrictors (for 1st floor and upwards) 
    • have proof of ownership 
    • have proof of building insurance
    • be fit and proper

    Being a Rent it Right individual partner means you can access our cash incentives scheme. The London Borough of Bexley offers upfront cash payments to encourage long-term private rented accommodation for residents in Bexley.

    What is the cash incentives scheme? 

    • we will offer up-front cash payments of £4,000 over one year for any property (excluding one-beds), in return for a nomination to the property for a 12-month assured shorthold tenancy (AST) at local housing allowance (LHA) rates
    • a further £4,000 will be granted if the landlord maintains a 24-month AST at LHA rates, totalling up to £8,000 cash payments
    • a £5,000 rent guarantee bond can be claimed on for any rent arrears, damage and repairs and end of tenancy cleaning costs  

    What are the responsibilities of the landlord and their property? 

    • a nomination to the property
    • a minimum of 12-month AST at LHA rates
    • formal accreditation
    • have a carbon monoxide detector
    • have hard-wired smoke alarms and heat detector
    • have a gas safety certificate
    • have an energy performance certificate
    • have a satisfactory installation condition report
    • be safe from hazards
    • have proof of ownership
    • have permission to let their property
    • have building insurance 
    • be fit and proper