Apply now for 30% discount on Southwark Council’s selective licensing fees!

Friday, December 1st, 2023 - Southwark Council

Landlords and agents can get a 30% discount on Southwark Council’s selective licensing fees for a new scheme that started on 1 November 2023.

The scheme applies to all private rented properties occupied by a single household or two unrelated people in the council wards of North Walworth, Nunhead & Queens Road, Old Kent Road, Peckham, Camberwell Green, Chaucer, Dulwich Hill, Dulwich Wood, London Bridge & West Bermondsey, Peckham Rye, Rotherhithe, Rye Lane, South Bermondsey and Surrey Docks.

The council is offering a 30% discount on the selective licence fee for all applications submitted before 31 January 2024, reducing the cost from £900 to £630.

Southwark Council also operates borough wide mandatory HMO and additional licensing schemes, plus a selective licensing scheme in the council wards of Champion Hill, Faraday, Goose Green, Newington and St Giles. The fee discount does not apply to those schemes.

Richard Tacagni, MD, London Property Licensing commented:

Getting a private rented property correctly licensed is of upmost important. Landlords and letting agents operating a licensable but unlicensed property risk a criminal prosecution or a civil financial penalty of up to £30,000. Other sanctions include a Rent Repayment Order, an entry on the Mayor of London’s Rogue Landlord and Agent Checker, and the inability to serve a Section 21 notice of seeking possession.

The stress, financial and reputational harm from getting licensing wrong is not worth the risk. The fee discount currently offered by Southwark Council is a welcome measure to reduce the financial cost of compliance”.

London Property Licensing offers a fixed price licence application service with ongoing support until the licence is approved. We act for UK based and overseas landlords and managing agents and have prepared many licence applications in Southwark. More information here.

Our free guide containing more information about property licensing and HMO planning restrictions in the London Borough of Southwark is available here.

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