Property licensing

From 1 October 2018, any property rented out to five or more people who are unrelated will require a Mandatory HMO licence. 

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

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. 

In addition, we have extended our Selective licensing for all privately rented properties in Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queen’s Park and this scheme will come into effect on 1 June 2018.

Landlords and agents will be able to make Selective Licence applications for these wards but apply from 1 May 2018.

We have extended our licensing scheme 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.

The licence fees for HMOs and selective licenses are being increased from 1 June 2018. We are not permitted to make a profit from the scheme and the scheme has to be cost neutral. Income from the licence fee goes towards the setup, running and enforcement of the scheme and this is how the licence fee is determined.

A number of property owners or managers already deliver good quality and well managed homes and have accreditation via the London Landlord Accreditation Scheme (LLAS or ATLAS). We cannot exempt them from the scheme, but because this makes the task of licensing these properties easier, we are offering a £40.00 discount per property application for those accredited.

These new Brent fees are lower when compared with charges across all London Boroughs. Landlords are urged to apply before 1 June to avoid the increased 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.

Type of licenceAbout the licenceCurrent feesFees from 1 JuneRenewal fees
Mandatory Licensing Scheme

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

£540 plus £25 for each additonal habitable room over five habitable rooms (discount may apply) £840 plus £25 for each additonal habitable room over five habitable rooms £740
Additional Licensing Scheme

This applies to all privately rented properties occupied by three or more people making up two or more households, regardless of the number of storeys in the property

£540, discount may apply £840  £740
Selective Licensing Scheme

This applies to all privately rented properties, in these selective council wards - Harlesden, Wembley Central, Willesden Green, Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queen’s Park, occupied by a single person, two people or single household.

£340, discount may apply £540 £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.

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?
  • Q4
  • 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

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This property falls under the:

Additional Licensing Scheme

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This property falls under the:

Mandatory Licensing Scheme

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