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. 

Rent it Right membership comprises of two components; having Rent it Right properties that meet a set of property standards and the property manager being a formally accredited Rent it Right landlord. 

Rent it Right comprises of three schemes:

  1. Rent it Right Licence Partner - a licensing scheme
  2. Rent it Right Contract Partner - a private sector leasing scheme
  3. Rent it Right Individual Partner - a cash incentive scheme

If you have any queries, please complete the form:

Rent it Right enquiries

To find out about Cash Incentive and Private Sector Leasing Schemes' contact us at rentitright@bexley.gov.uk 

What standard will properties need to be?

Rent it Right aims to improve property conditions and the local environment for Bexley’s residents. The standards and conditions vary according to the schemes.

The Licensing Partner needs to comply with these Rent it Right standards (PDF, 148KB) and conditions (PDF, 129KB), whilst the Contract and Individual Partner need to comply with these standards (PDF, 121KB) and conditions (PDF, 102KB)

Rent it Right Accreditation

Rent it Right landlords need to be accredited and in the case of the licensing and contract partner schemes need to be a fit and proper person.

The landlord can become accredited with the following organisations:

  • 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)

To maintain accreditation, the landlord must complete 10 hours of training a year.

Landlords who become accredited before applying for a licence are eligible for a £50 discount.

To assist landlords in becoming accredited the council is hosting training courses by the NLA on Tuesday 28 May 2019.

For more information on our Rent it Right partnership schemes and to apply for a licence see below.

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 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:

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.  

Licence fees

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
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

Apply for a property licence

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:

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

Being a Rent it Right individual partner means you can access our cash incentive 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 electrical installation condition report
  • have permission to let their property
  • have building insurance 
  • sign a fit and proper declaration