Changes to HMO licensing becomes law

1 October 2018

From today (1 October), any property that is rented out to five or more people who are not all related will require a mandatory licence.


The new government regulations for a mandatory licence also include a family of four who have a friend living with them, or two families totalling five or more people sharing a property.


Brent Council welcomes the changes to further support landlords in providing decent rental accommodation to tenants in the borough and is encouraging landlords to make an application today, if they have not already done so.


Cllr Eleanor Southwood, Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "We are committed to improving housing standards in Brent. We support this change; it protects tenants and landlords through our mutually beneficial licensing scheme. Our aim is to support good practice."


If you are a Brent landlord who lets out shared accommodation, you can apply for a licence online at


If you suspect that someone is renting out an unlicensed property in Brent, please report them anonymously at


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