Property licensing

From 1 October 2018, any property rented out to five or more people who are unrelated will require a Mandatory HMO licence regardless of the number of storeys in the building.

Unsure? Use our handy tool to find out if you need a licence and apply for your licence today.

Additional licensing laws for Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) are set to be extended in Brent for a further five years. The changes are to come into effect from 1 February 2020.

The Council already operates a:

  • Mandatory Licensing Scheme that covers houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) occupied by 5 or more people,
  • a borough-wide Additional Licensing Scheme introduced in 2014 for HMOs occupied by three or four people, and
  • two Selective Licensing Schemes.  The earlier Selective scheme, which was introduced in 2014, covers the electoral wards of Harlesden, Willesden Green and Wembley Central; and the later scheme introduced in 2018 covers the wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park.

Brent cabinet has approved the renewal of borough-wide additional licensing for houses in multiple occupation (HMO) on 14 October 2019.  

The borough-wide additional licensing will affect HMOs where three or more people forming two or more households share communal facilities. The changes are to come into effect from 1 February 2020. Read the consultation findings and the council’s consultation response.

Brent Cabinet also agreed to apply to the Secretary of State to renew and extend selective licensing. The extended selective licensing scheme will cover 18 of the 21 wards of the borough, with the only exceptions being the wards of Dollis Hill, Kenton, Stonebridge and the Wembley Park area of Tokyngton. The Council’s approval will still need confirmation from the Secretary of State.

Current schemes

Until the schemes which were introduced in January 2015 expires on 31 December 2019, all private rented houses in multi-occupation (HMOs) in Brent and all privately rented properties in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green require a licence.

Until April 2023 selective licences are required for the 2018 scheme covering the wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park.

Apply for your licence or Renew your licence 

We have renewed and extended our licensing schemes to help raise standards in the private housing sector, creating high quality and affordable accommodation for Brent residents. If you fail to get a licence, you could receive an unlimited fine upon prosecution and be given a criminal record, or receive a civil penalty of up to £30,000 per offence, and may be banned from running a rental property.

Licensing Fees

The licence fees for HMOs and selective licenses have been consulted and are being kept as low as possible. The Council is permitted to charge a fee but we are not permitted to make a profit from the scheme. Income from the licence fee goes towards the setup, running and enforcement of the scheme and this is how the licence fees are determined.

We are accepting renewal applications from 1 December, and that landlords who renew their additional HMO licences before 1 February 2020 will still pay £740. Applications received after 1 February, when the law comes into effect, will be charged at £840 as the application will be treated as new rather than as a renewal. 

Type of licenceAbout the licenceCurrent feesRenewal fees
Mandatory Licensing Scheme

This applies to houses in multiple occupation (HMO's) occupied by five or more people, making up two or more households.

£840 plus £25 for each additional habitable room over five habitable rooms. *discount may apply £740
Additional Licensing Scheme

This applies to all privately rented properties occupied by three or four people making up two or more households.

It may also apply to certain HMOs which are exempted from mandatory licensing e.g. certain purpose built block of flats, and certain converted buildings s257 HMOs.

£840, *discount may apply £740
Selective Licensing Scheme

This applies to all privately rented properties, falling outside the mandatory or additional designation, in council wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queen’s Park, and subject to Government approval, to Harlesden, Wembley Central, Willesden Green, Alperton, Barnhill, Brondesbury Park, Fryent, Northwick Park, Preston, Queensbury, Sudbury, Tokyngton (excluding Wembley Park) and Welsh Harp wards where occupied by a single person, two people or single household.+

£540, *discount may apply £500

+A single household is defined as one of the following; a single person living alone; a married couple; a couple in a relationship; a family group living together.

*We are offering a £40 discount per property application for those accredited via the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS or ATLAS).


Landlords are urged to apply early to take advantage of the renewal fees. We believe that landlords should be able to absorb the licence fees as part of the cost of running their business without the need to increase rents.

Need more information on property licensing?

Read our General Property Licensing FAQs or see our related documents below. If you want to see the full fees, read our full list of fees PDF document 


Find out what type of licence you need

Use our handy tool to find out if you need a licence

  • Q1
  • How many people live at your privately rented property?
  • Q2
  • How many households live at the property?
  • Q3
  • How many storeys does the the property have?
  • Q3
  • How many people live at your privately rented property?

If the property is in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central, Willesden Green, Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury or Queen's Park it falls under the:

Selective Licensing Scheme

Enter the postcode into My Location to see if it is.

Apply for this licence now

This property falls under the:

Additional Licensing Scheme

Apply for this licence now

This property falls under the:

Mandatory Licensing Scheme

Apply for this licence now

 

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