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Property licensing

Update on selective licensing in Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green wards

Decision made not to extend selective licensing in Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green wards.

Most privately rented properties which were let or occupied under a single household or licence in the wards of Harlesden, Wembley Central and Willesden Green were required to apply for a selective licence. The Government has now decided not to approve the scheme renewal. Therefore there is no requirement to renew your licence.

With the licensing scheme set to expire on 31 December 2019, Brent Cabinet had agreed to continue selective licensing within these three wards and also to extend selective licensing to 10 new wards. Selective Licensing of this scale required the confirmation of the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The application to extend the scheme to the new wards has also been refused.

Selective licensing for single family properties will continue to be required in the wards of Dudden Hill, Kensal Green, Kilburn, Mapesbury and Queens Park. Landlords of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) anywhere in Brent are reminded that property licences are required.

More information

 

HMO 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) was extended on 1 February 2020 and will be in place for a further five years. 

The council operates a:

  • Mandatory Licensing Scheme - this covers houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) occupied by 5 or more people
  • Additional Licensing Scheme  - this is borough-wide and is for HMOs occupied by three or four people
  • Selective Licensing Schemes - this was introduced in 2018 and 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 came into effect on 1 February 2020. Read the consultation findings and the council’s consultation response.

We applied to the Secretary of State to renew and extend selective licensing, view the outcome of this application.

Current schemes

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.

If you did not renew your Additional licence before 1 February 2020, the current fee of £840 will apply.

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 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).

 

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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