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Ealing Additional & Selective Licensing Schemes start on 1 April 2022

Friday, April 1, 2022 - Ealing Council

Date: Friday 1 April 2022

About: New additional and selective licensing schemes came into force in the London Borough of Ealing on 1 April 2022.

Additional licensing scheme

The new scheme applies to most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) in the London Borough of Ealing.

You will need an additional licence if the property is occupied by three or more people who are not all related and share (or lack) a toilet, personal washing facilities or cooking facilities.

The House in Multiple Occupation definition is not straightforward and you will need to study it carefully or seek advice. For example, Ealing Council have included ‘section 257 HMOs’ within their new additional licensing scheme. These are properties that:

a) have been converted into self-contained flats; and
b) less than two thirds of the flats are owner occupied; and
c) the conversion did not comply with the relevant Building Regulations in force at that time and still does not comply.

Fortunately, Ealing Council have restricted the licensing of section 257 HMOs to buildings containing three or more flats where all the flats are privately rented and the building and all of the flats within it are in the same ownership or control, or considered by the council to be effectively under the same control.

Selective licensing scheme

The new scheme extends licensing to all private rented properties in the council wards of East Acton, Southall Broadway and Southall Green based on the pre May 2022 ward boundaries. 

Within these three wards, you will need a selective licence if your property (house or flat) is let out to a single household or two unrelated sharers. You can use the postcode search facility on the council’s website to check if your property in within the selective licensing area.

When can I apply?

Ealing Council started to accept licence applications on 1 April 2022. You can prepare your online licence application here.

How much will the licence application cost?

From 1 April 2022, the licence application fees are:

  • Additional HMO licence - £1,100 plus £50 per habitable room
  • Selective licence - £750 (there will be a discount for selective block or multi-flat licences) 

Landlords who apply for an additional or selective licence between 1 April and 1 July 2022 may be eligible for a 25% discount, so it is worth getting your application in promptly. 

A £75 discount is being offered to accredited landlords and managing agents who are members of safeagent, ARLA and RICS.

Properties with an EPC rating of A, B or C may be eligible for a £50 discount.

The fee will be payable in two instalments, so you won’t have to pay the full amount at time of application. 

Looking for more information?

You can visit the council’s website, email prslicensing@ealing.gov.uk or Tel 020 8825 9512.

London Property Licensing has a free guide with more detailed information about property licensing and HMO planning rules in the London Borough of Ealing, available here.

 

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