Rent it Right - Property licensing in Bexley
Following cabinet approval on the 10 April 2018, the council designated a selective licensing scheme on the 16 April 2018, which was subsequently revised on the 30 May 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 document is a copy of the selective licence designation notice (PDF, 1MB). The scheme comes into force on the 1 October 2018 and the council is now accepting applications.
To encourage landlords to apply for a selective licence the council will operate an early bird period where the licence fee is discounted, that will run between the 1 July and the 31 December 2018.
The following documents provide 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.
Extension to mandatory HMO licensing
New legislation comes into force on the 1 October 2018 that 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 below.
Apply for a property licence
Prior to applying for a property licence please read the guide to completing an application form (PDF, 260KB), 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.
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|
To encourage landlords to apply for a selective licence the council will operate an early bird period that will run between the 1 July and the 31 December 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:
The council carried out a detailed consultation between the 20 November 2017 to the 31 January 2018. The following documents relate to the consultation:
- Rent it Right Proposal to Introduce Discretionary Licensing Schemes - Consultation (PDF, 3MB)
- Property Licensing Panel minutes and proposals (PDF, 66KB)
- Survey and responses with analysis (PDF, 2MB)
- Written responses (PDF, 787KB)
- Key issues and response (PDF, 374KB)
If you have any other comments/questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3045 3456.