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 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:
- 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
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.
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|
(£265 + £425)
|£265 plus £145 per letting|
|Early bird discount fee||£371
(£265 + £106)
|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.
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: