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Selective and Additional Licensing to Come into Force in Redbridge

India Cocking
Written by India Cocking

The London Borough of Redbridge has announced new Selective and Additional licensing schemes, both of which come into force over the next few months.

The selective licensing scheme will be introduced in the wards of Valentines and Clementswood from 13th July 2017. Selective licensing affects all private rented sector properties that are not licensed under HMO licensing, and does not require a mandatory inspection of the property. Landlords will be able to apply for a license from 14th April 2017, anyone who applies for a licence between 13th June to 13th September will receive an early bird discount that drops the fee from £500 to £250.

Alongside this the London Borough of Redbridge is introducing a borough wide additional licensing scheme. Additional licensing covers small HMOs that do not require mandatory licensing. You will need a licence if your HMO is occupied by 3 or more people who form 2 or more households and facilities are shared between these tenants. The designation shall come into force on 13th April 2017 and shall cease to have effect on 12th April 2022. The licence application fee is £500, which is discounted to £250 during the early bird period from 13th March to 12th June 2017.

Unfortunately, the mandatory scheme is the only licensing scheme that Redbridge are offering members of accreditation schemes or the RLA a discount for.

If you require any further information regarding this designation, or to apply for a licence, further information is available from the Council’s Property Licensing Team by telephone on 020 8708 4845 or online or by e-mail: PRSlicensing@redbridge.gov.uk

The council are currently applying to the Secretary of State to introduce selective licensing in a further 12 wards. These are:

  • Aldborough
  • Chadwell
  • Churchend
  • Cranbrook
  • Fairlop
  • Goodmayes
  • Loxford
  • Mayfield
  • Newbury
  • Roding
  • Seven Kings
  • Snaresbrook

We will alert our members if the consultation goes ahead.

To keep up to date with news, events, and licensing in Redbridge visit their Local Authority Network page.

About the author

India Cocking

India Cocking

India is the Local Government Officer for the RLA. Having completed her degree in International Politics at Aberystwyth University, India is currently working on updating and maintaining the Local Authority Network. This is of importance as it strengthens communication and understanding between landlords, local authorities, and the RLA. India is working towards gathering concise and clear data from all 435 local authorities on their licencing, fees, news, events and contact details.

Before joining the RLA India worked at Martin and Co Lettings Agent in her home town of Derby, the Welsh Assembly, and her local MP, alongside helping her parents run the family buy-to-let business.

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