Bexley Council are consulting on plans for a new selective landlord licensing scheme

Saturday, February 10th, 2024 - Bexley Council

Bexley Council are inviting residents to have their say about a proposed new selective licensing scheme for private rented properties.

In 2018, Bexley Council introduced a selective licensing scheme that extended licensing to all private rented properties in Thamesmead North, Abbey Wood / Lower Belvedere and parts of Erith. That licensing scheme continued for almost five years and ended on 31 August 2023. 

The public consultation is inviting feedback on three options under consideration: 

Option 1: A selective licensing scheme covering the Belvedere council ward.

Option 2: A selective licensing scheme covering a different area. The council is inviting feedback on what area should be chosen.

Option 3: Not implementing a new selective licensing scheme.

Bexley Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, Cllr Sue Gower MBE said:

Selective Licensing schemes are designed to ensure that rented properties are managed responsibly and help to improve the standard of living for tenants.

I’d urge anyone with links to the area – whether as a tenant, homeowner, landlord or local business – to read the proposal and complete the consultation. We’ll then be able to consider all options and ensure that we make the right decision for local people.

The consultation runs until Thursday 4 April 2024, and everyone can share their views by visiting the council’s website.

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

For all the latest news and events, you can sign up for the free London Property Licensing newsletter here.