What properties do we licence?
Islington run a property licencing scheme for all properties as below:
• Where there are five or more unrelated persons who may share some facilities
• All HMOs in Holloway and Caledonian Roads occupied by three or four unrelated persons that may share some facilities
By holding a property licence, you will need to comply with the ‘licensing conditions’ which will ensure the home you let out is properly managed and meets prescribed standards
New Borough-wide Additional Licensing Scheme and Selective Licensing Scheme Update
Islington Council recently approved plans to introduce a borough-wide Additional Licencing Scheme and a Selective Licensing Scheme for Finsbury Park ward.
The introduction of these schemes will mean that all houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) within the borough and all single household privately rented properties within the Finsbury Park ward will need to be licensed.
Plans to roll out these schemes have been temporarily put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic but we still intend to introduce these new scheme when we can.
Landlords and tenants will get a minimum of three months’ notice of the date that the schemes will start and we will update landlords and tenants when we are clear on the timings.
Who can apply for a property licence?
A landlord, managing agent or a third party can apply. An application for a property licence from a non UK resident or company not based in the UK will only be considered valid if there is a managing agent based in the UK, who agrees to be bound by the conditions and obligations imposed by the licence by signing a declaration to confirm this.
How to apply
Before you apply have the following information to hand
|| Details of kitchens and bathrooms
|Names & Addresses of persons and organisations with interest in the property|| Payment card details
|Fire safety certificate (where your property has mains wired fire alarm system)||Gas safety certificate (where your property has gas)|
|Emergency lighting certificate (where installed)||Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)|
If the landlord fails to get a licence they could face enforcement from the council which could include a financial penalty.
The landlord cannot evict the tenants of an HMO that should be licensed but is not.
To check whether your property requires a licence, please contact us:
Tel: 020 7527 3083