Why do we license properties?
Property licensing helps us to regulate the condition and management of private rented properties in the borough. We license properties to:
- improve property standards and management
- help address anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues
- protect our residents from rogue landlords
It is a criminal offence for landlords and managing agents to let out a property that is not properly licensed. Where such offences take place, we may take enforcement action either by way of instigating criminal prosecution proceedings or considering imposing a fine of up to £30,000 for each offence against each person responsible for letting an unlicensed privately rented property.
An application for a Rent Repayment Order (RRO) may also be made which, if granted, will require the landlord to pay back up to 12 months rental income from the property. Further information may be found in our Enforcement and Prosecution Policy and Fixed Penalty Charging Policy.
What properties do we license?
Islington Council operates three property licensing schemes. If your property meets one of the descriptions listed below you need to apply for a property licence.
- all houses or flats where there are five or more unrelated people, forming two or more households and who share amenities such as a kitchen, bathroom or WC
- all buildings occupied by five or more unrelated people, forming two or more households and consisting of bedsits or flats which are not fully self-contained (e.g. occupiers need to leave their bedsit/flat or to use a bathroom or kitchen)
- all houses or flats where there are three or four unrelated people, forming two or more households and sharing facilities such as a kitchen, bathroom or WC
- all buildings occupied by three or four unrelated people, forming two or more households and consisting of bedsits or flats which are not fully self-contained (e.g. occupiers need to leave their bedsit/flat or to use a bathroom)
- any building that has been converted into self-contained flats and where the standard of conversion does not meet the Building Regulations 1991 and where all of the flats are tenanted and under one single ownership (commonly known as S257 HMOs)
- all flats let to three or more unrelated people, forming two or more households, located within a purpose built block of flats and not covered by the mandatory licensing scheme
- all privately rented accommodation occupied by either one or two people regardless of their relationship or occupied by a single family/household and located within Finsbury Park ward
By holding a property licence, you will need to comply with the HMO licensing conditions or selective licensing conditions which will ensure the property you let out is properly managed and provides a safe environment. For mandatory or additional licensing your property must also meet prescribed standards
The new Additional licensing and Selective licensing schemes
A borough wide Additional licensing scheme and a Selective licensing scheme for Finsbury Park ward have been designated following a consultation.
The executive report recommending the adoption of the schemes was recently approved by Islington council’s joint board and supporting information to the report including the consultation document, questionnaire and results, representations received and responses may be found in the links.
Tel: 020 7527 3205