Redbridge Additional Licensing Scheme starts on 18 September 2023

Monday, September 18, 2023 - London Borough of Redbridge

Date: Monday 18 September 2023

About: A new boroughwide Additional HMO Licensing scheme came into force in the London Borough of Redbridge on 18 September 2023.

The new scheme extends licensing to most Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) throughout the borough. That includes all shared houses and bedsit HMOs that are occupied by three or more people who are not all related. 

The council have simplified things slightly by excluding some ‘section 257 HMOs’ from the 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.

Additional licensing in Redbridge for section 257 HMOs applies only when all units of accommodation are privately rented and the building and all the units it contains are in the same ownership or control or considered by the housing authority to be effectively under the same ownership or control. Section 257 HMO’s are not required to be licensed where they consist solely of two flats.

When can I apply?

Redbridge Council started to accept additional licence applications on 18 September 2023.

To accompany your licence application, the council have told us you need to provide:

  • Floor Plans showing fire exits, smoke alarm positions and room sizes in metres.
  • Gas Safety Certificate
  • Electrical Installation Certificate Report (EICR)
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
  • Fire Alarm Certificate & Installation Certificate
  • Fire Risk Assessment
  • Portable Appliance Test (PAT) Certificate
  • Evidence of Planning Consent to operate as an HMO
  • Landlords Accreditation Certificate (if claiming £35 discount)

How much will an additional licence application cost?

The additional licence application fee varies according to the number of households. For example, it costs £1,608 for two households, £1,698 for three households and £1,800 for four households.

The fee is paid in two instalments: £600 at the time of application and the balance when the licence is ready to be approved.

There is a £35 discount for accredited landlords.

Looking for more information?

You can visit the council’s website or email

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

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